Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has assessed progress on the construction of Russia’s first cutting-edge oil-refining catalyst-production plant.
“Catalytic cracking, hydrotreatment and hydrocracking catalysts are heavily dependent on imports — which currently average about 65%. Implementing this project, to supplement existing production capacity, will ensure Russian refineries are supplied with domestic catalysts for key refining processes — meaning imports here could be cut by as much as 10% by 2024, as well as allowing us to meet the target set under the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Action Plan for Import Substitution in the Oil and Gas Industry.”Михаил Иванов Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, was briefed on the current status of the project during a recent visit to Omsk.
This project is being implemented with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation — a special investment contract on the construction of the catalyst plant having been entered into between the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Gazprom Neft and the Government of the Omsk Oblast in 2019. This new production capacity will cover Russian refineries’ requirements for high-tech cat-cracking, hydro-cracking and hydrotreatment catalysts in full, as well as allowing products to be exported to countries in the CIS and beyond. Gazprom Neft is collaborating with leading Russian research institutions, equipment manufacturers and feedstock suppliers in implementing this project.
The future Gazprom Neft facility will have capacity to produce 21,000 tonnes of innovative catalysts for the key processes involved in deep oil refining, and in producing Euro-5 automotive fuels, every year. Active construction of the plant started at the end of 2019. Work is now reaching completion on infrastructure facilities, with construction of key production buildings now underway. Procurement of all essential equipment — 70% of which has been produced in Russia — is now complete.
“Together with our R&D partners, we are developing new catalysts that perform every bit as well as imported alternatives — even exceeding them on certain metrics. Government support is important to us — it’s fundamental to consistent and sustainable work in developing innovative, domestically-produced catalysts.”Alexander Chembulaev Director General, Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems
Catalysts used in oil refining processes are nano-structured agents which, when introduced into immediate chemical interactions, speed up chemical reactions in oil refining. Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems is a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, established to manage all aspects of the company’s catalyst business, from production to the provision of a full range of technical-support services. High-technology catalyst production at Gazprom Neft will make it possible to meet Russian refineries’ demand for secondary-refining catalysts in full. Total annual production capacity is 21,000 tonnes, comprising 6,000 tonnes of hydrogenation catalysts and 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts. These catalysts used in key secondary-refining processes, making possible the production of Euro-5 motor fuels.