JSC “Gazprom neftekhim Salavat” revamps production facilities
A scheduled audit and inspection of 358 equipment items, 326 pipelines, 5 furnaces and about 3,500 valves is planned for the period of overhaul.
The most significant changes are expected at elemental sulfur production facility where a newalumina and titania based catalyst produced by Axens will be loaded. This operation is expected to increase conversion rate of production. Further, tube bundles will be replaced on a pair of feed heat exchangers of visbreaker. Diagnostics of ELOU-AVT-6 unit is a priority as well.
Upon completion of the current overhaul, gas treatment and compression unit andvisbreaker will shift to two-year run between overhauls.
“New operation system allows to increase smoothly the time between overhauls, which results in considerable reduction of production costs. In order to make progress we should implement measures intended to mitigate the risk of units’ accident. Moreover, we increase control over operational efficiency. We will also completely replace chemicals and change their dosage”, Igor Taratunin, Technical Director, JSC “Gazprom neftekhim Salavat”, commented.
The upgraded equipment is supposed to reach operating conditions in the second half of October.
Background information: Gazprom neftekhim Salavat is a major oil refining and petrochemical company in Russia. It realizes the complete cycle of hydrocarbon feedstock processing. The product range includes motor gasolines, gas oil, kerosene and other oil products, liquefied gases, butyl alcohols, plasticizers, polyethylene, polystyrene, ammonia, urea, and etc. It is the country’s largest exporter. The company revamps the existing production facilities and constructs the new ones, implements automated process control systems and perfects the management structure to optimize the Company’s activities.