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Gazprom Neft Adding Hydrogen Production Facility to Omsk Refinery

Gasprom Neft, March 21, 2017

Gazprom Neft has begun constructing a standalone 12,300-tonne-per-year-capacity hydrogen production unit at its Omsk Refinery. This processing facility will provide high-purity (99.9 percent) hydrogen for new and reconstructed hydrotreatment facilities, intended to reduce the sulphur content of motor-fuel components (blending agents). It will also eliminate hydrotreatment processes’ dependence on the rate of utilisation of catalytic reforming units, from which hydrogen is currently produced as a by-product. The commissioning of a standalone hydrogen source will allow greater stability in the production of Euro-5 motor fuels, higher output of light petroleum products from the Omsk Refinery, and higher production volumes of high-octane gasolines. Implementation of the project is being implemented as part of a comprehensive modernization program at the Omsk Refinery being undertaken by Gazprom Neft since 2008. The project for the new hydrogen production facility has been developed by Russian design institute Omskneftekhimproject. Gazprom Neft’s investment in construction of the facility stands at RUB3.4 billion, and the facility is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2017.

Gazprom Neft Adding Hydrogen Production Facility to Omsk Refinery

The Omsk Refinery is Russia’s largest and one of the most cutting-edge refineries in the country. The complex 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. The first stage of the modernization project started in 2008 involved the construction and refurbishment of key technological facilities, allowing the business to transition to 100-percent production of Euro-5 motor fuels, improve energy efficiency, and reduce the environmental impacts of production. This was completed in 2015. The facility is now implementing the second stage of its modernization program, the objective of which is to improve its performance in key performance indicators to match those of global industry leaders.

New production facilities will be built at the Omsk Refinery, and existing installations refurbished in line with the latest environmental, reliability and safety requirements for all production processes. Increasing the operational effectiveness of production processes is being addressed through process improvements and the implementation of new and innovative technologies.

 


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