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Gazprom Neft takes delivery of Russian-produced catalyst-production equipment

Gazprom Neft takes delivery of Russian-produced catalyst-production equipment

Omsk, April 23 - Neftegaz.RU. Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems continues to put in place the equipment needed for Russia’s 1st ever modern refining-catalyst manufacturing plant, with specialists at R&D Enterprise Mashprom having now completed preparations for a consignment of equipment for the plant’s conveyor production line.

This future Gazprom Neft enterprise will facilitate the production of 21,000 tonnes of modern catalysts to be used in key processes involved in deep oil refining and the production of Euro-5 fuels. This initiative has been designated a “national project” by the Russian Ministry of Energy.

Gazprom Neft’s investments in the project stand at more than RUB 30 billion, with construction expected to be completed in 2021.

Equipment (incl. furnaces and dryers) supplied by Mashprom will facilitate the processes involved in producing hydrotreatment and hydrocracking catalysts. Modern technological solutions mean these new devices are characterised by a high degree of automation. The project complies to the strictest requirements in terms of noise control and reliability in thermal insulation.

Furnaces will be running on natural gas which, together with other ecological solutions in forthcoming catalyst production, will ensure the environment is protected. Equipment is expected to be delivered in 3Q 2020.

Gazprom Neft’s catalyst plant will be able to meet Russian refineries’ demand for effective catalysts, in full - annual output from the Omsk facility being expected to reach 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts, 4,000 tonnes of hydrotreatment catalysts, and 2,000 tonnes of hydrocracking catalysts.

Production volumes have been calculated to also meet export demand. Gazprom Neft is working closely with leading Russian research institutes on this project, but currently relies on feedstocks from domestic suppliers. The project envisages cutting-edge environmental solutions, including filtration systems and automated production-control systems.

“Gazprom Neft’s new production facilities will make it possible to address the issue of Russian oil-refining’s dependence on foreign catalyst suppliers. We are working with leading specialist institutions within the Russian Academy of Sciences, involving these in developing technologies and equipment. We can tell you we are developing not just new production facilities, but an ecosystem offering the industry a comprehensive and cohesive solution”, said Alexander Chembulaev CEO, Gazpromneft-Catalytic Systems.

To read the article in Russian.

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