Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery has started production of much-in-demand JET A-1 aviation fuel, for jet and turboprop engines. This marks a further expansion of the company’s aviation-fuels product range — the Omsk Refinery having, hitherto, produced TC-1 aviation kerosine, used on the Russian market. The first consignment of Gazprom Neft JET-A1 aviation fuel has already been delivered to partners in Asia.
Sales of JET A-1 aviation fuel will be handled by Gazpromneft-Aero, operator of the company’s aviation fuels business. The new high-quality fuel meets all international aviation standards, and is fully compliant with Customs Union technical regulations.
“Thanks to the Omsk Refinery’s modernisation and development programme, we have increased production of light oil products while expanding the resource base necessary for producing new products in considerable demand on the market. The first JET A-1 fuel deliveries have already been made to countries throughout Asia: we are also planning to deliver our new aviation fuel to European airports, going forward.”Mikhail Antonov Head of Oil and Gas Refining Directorate, Gazprom Neft
“On the basis of IATA data, we see potential for a recovery in the global aviation fuels market, in the medium term. We hope that expanding our high-quality aviation fuels range will allow the company to enter new markets and use our own products in refuelling airlines abroad — allowing us to increase total sales volumes and attract new carriers in collaborating with us. Developing our business throughout airports in Europe and Asia is in line with Gazpromneft-Aero’s strategic priorities.”Vladimir Egorov Gazpromneft-Aero’s CEO
Gazprom Neft is undertaking a major programme to modernise its Moscow and Omsk Refineries, involving total investment of more than RUB700 billion by 2025. The first stage of this modernisation has involved the construction and reconstruction of key technological facilities, allowing the complete transition to the production of Euro-5 fuels, significantly improving energy efficiency and environmental friendliness in production. The implementation of the second phase of this modernisation programme is now ongoing, as a result of which the refining depth (“conversion factor”) and light product yield are expected to match the highest international standards.
Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft-Aero handles aviation fuel sales and “wing-tip” aviation refuelling at 297 airports throughout 71 countries, worldwide. Gazpromneft-Aero’s clients include more than 150 Russian and international airlines.