Russia: Engineering Work on Russia’s Maiden Modern Catalyst-Production Unit Advances
Located in Omsk, the modern oil-refining catalyst-production facility is expected to produce 21,000 tonnes of modern catalysts which will be used for deep oil refining and production of Euro-5 fuels. The project has also been regarded as a national project by Russia.
Russia – The Board of Directors at Gazprom Neft has been updated on the construction progress of Russia’s first modern oil-refining catalyst-production facility. The high-tech-catalyst production facility in Omsk is expected to produce 21,000 tonnes of modern catalysts which will be used in key processes for deep oil refining and the production of Euro-5 fuels.
This initiative has been designated a ‘national project’ by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. Gazprom Neft’s investments in the project stand at more than RUB30 billion, with construction expected to be completed in 2021.
This new production capacity will allow the company to meet the Russian refineries’ demand for effective catalysts. The annual output from the Omsk facility is expected to reach 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts, 4,000 tonnes of hydrotreatment catalysts, and 2,000 tonnes of hydrocracking catalysts, reflecting not just the demand in the domestic market, but also exports.
Gazprom Neft is working closely with leading Russian research institutes on this project, and currently relies on feedstocks from domestic suppliers. The project envisages cutting-edge environmental solutions, including filtration systems and automated production-control systems.
The effectiveness of all the products is confirmed by laboratory and pilot testing under commercial conditions. Using Gazprom Neft catalysts in the cat-cracking process increases the gasoline yield by up to 3.5 %, while maintaining refining volumes. Catalytic hydrotreatment systems are able to remain active for longer, increasing facilities’ run times prior to catalysts needing replacement.