Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery completes construction of a new railcar loading facility
OREANDA-NEWS. The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery has now completed construction of its 1.2 million tonne per year capacity automated railcar oil-products loading facility (AUTN-1), construction of which has been undertaken as part of the full-scale modernisation of the plant, undertaken by Gazprom Neft since 2008. The company’s investment in this project currently stands at more than RUB3 billion.
The ATUN-1 on-spot loading facility will allow 11 types of products to be dispatched at once, on two separate rail tracks. A cutting-edge high-precision calibration system calculates tankage in real time, as well as reducing loading time. A dual charcoal filtration system captures all vented steam, returning it directly to the plant’s production process. The new installation will replace the open-gallery overhead rail facilities at the Omsk Refinery’s commodity supply base. The use of airtight and leak-proof filling technology in dispensing light oil products will ensure environmental impacts arising from production are reduced. Pre-commissioning works are currently ongoing at the facility.
The Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, is Russia’s largest such facility by refining volumes, and one of the most cutting-edge refineries in the country. The Omsk Refinery produces in the order of 50 types of petroleum products The Omsk Refinery produces in the order of 50 types of oil products, including high-octane gasolines, diesel and marine (bunkering) fuels, aviation kerosene, bitumen, household gas, heavy fuel oil (mazut), industrial sulphur, and other products in line with market demand.
A major modernisation programme was initiated at the Omsk Refinery in 2008, the aim of which was to create, to all intents and purposes, a new enterprise, and a market leader in terms of technology. The first phase of this refurbishment involved the construction and refurbishment of key technological facilities, allowing the Omsk Refinery to move over the exclusive production of Euro-5 gasolines, as well as significantly improving the plant’s energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The implementation of the modernisation programme at the Omsk Refinery has seen the environmental impacts of production reducing by 36 percent in recent years, despite refining volumes increasing by one third. The second stage of the modernisation programme has seen refining depth increasing to match that of the world’s best, at 97 percent, with environmental impacts reducing by a further 28 percent.