Russia: Reducing Emissions from Oil Loading Racks Gazprom Announces Modernization of Neft Omsk Refinery
Gazprom Neft Omsk Oil Refinery has announced the start of modernization measures of its rail-tank-car loading facilities for oil products.
Omsk/Russia – The project is part of an ecological programme at the plant, with a new airtight filling and packaging system being implemented at the plant’s Crude and Raw Materials Depot No. 2 (TSB-2), from which approximately 65 % of the plant’s finished oil products are dispatched.
Airtight tank-car loading rack for oil products, with vapor condensation technology, will replace open tank-car loading gallery, guaranteeing safety in the shipment of oil products, allowing the full automation of the production process, and increasing production efficiency. Gazprom expects that following reconstruction of the loading rack, average daily shipments of oil products increase by 30 %. Total loading capacity will increase from 3.3 million to 5.2 million tons per year, with TSB-2 dispatching more than 12 million tons of oil products every year.
With the planned airtight system the Russian company wants to reduce the atmospheric emission of petroleum vapors by 96 %. The technological design of the new system allows petroleum vapors, emitted while tank cars are being filled with gasoline, diesel or aviation kerosene, to be converted into liquid condensate, collected in a special tank and returned to the secondary-refining production cycle by being pumped into crude oil.
Approximately 70 % of oil products from the Omsk Refinery are currently transported by rail. TSB-2, equipped with three loading racks, plays a key role in commodity production at the Omsk Refinery, responsible for the shipment of highly popular high-performance Euro-5 gasolines and diesel fuels. Work on the technical re-tooling of the loading rack is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.