Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC was established in July 2004 in of the largest oil and gas constituent entities of the RF. The refinery’s development has been facilitated by its cooperation with many higher educational institutions of the country including the Gubkin Russian State Oil and Gas University. The refinery employs the university’s graduates and the research results obtained by the university’s employees are used in the refinery’s operations.
The enterprise is unique in that it is the first oil refinery independent from vertically integrated oil companies to have been built from scratch in over 30 years, whose capacity exceeds 8 million tons per annum, the quality of the petroleum products manufactured meets Euro-5 standard (diesel from 2015, petrol from 2016) 2015 and the refining will exceed 94% (in 2015).
As the construction of a refinery with a maximum possible oil refining depth producing a complete range of high-quality engine fuels and petrochemical products requires significant capital investments, refineries are built in several workflow phases. Each phase implies the organization of a complete oil refining production cycle and shipment a certain range of petroleum products of specified quality to consumers.
The refinery’s Workflow Phase I of 400 000 tons per annum design capacity was commissioned in November 2006. As a result of the revamping undertaken, its capacity as of 2008 totalled 740 000 tons per annum. In May 2010, the refinery’s Workflow Phase II with the crude oil throughput capacity of 2.5 million tons per annum was commissioned. As part of the modernization undertaken at the end of 2012, its capacity reached over 3.3 million tons per annum enabling the refinery to increase its total refining capacity to 4.0 million tons per annum in 2013.
Parallel to the construction and commissioning of its workflow phases, Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC acquired and renovated Antipino railway station, next to which the refinery’s Finished Product Section (FPS) was built. It is intended for the shipment of light petroleum products (gasoline, diesel fuel) by rail.
The commissioning of the Finished Product Section increased the refinery’s total petroleum product loading capacity to 8 million tons per annum. In January 2014, ELOU-AT-3 unit with the capacity of 3.7 MTPA and 10% reserve capacity was commissioned increasing the refinery’s total capacity to over 8 million tons per annum. Moreover, modern 5-stage wastewater treatment facilities and additional crude oil and commercial-grade diesel fuel tank farms were built marking the completion of the first stage of Workflow Phase III. At Stage 2 of Workflow Phase III, in order to bring diesel fuel quality to Euro-5 standard, a hydrotreating unit was built. To ensure the operation of the hydrotreating unit, hydrogen generation and gas treatment shops, as well as an elemental sulfur production shop were built. Moreover, at stage 2, the refinery completed the construction of the LPG storage facility intended for the shipment of PA and PBA commercial-grade liquefied motor gases and increased the capacity of oil transportation by Transneft trunk pipelines to 7.2 million tons per annum.
Switching over to the production of high-octane Euro-5 gasoline is tentatively scheduled for the 4th stage of Workflow Phase III by the commissioning of a gasoline reformer with continuous catalyst regeneration and an isomerization unit.
The refinery’s development plans for 2017 - 2018 include the construction of a vacuum gasoil hydrocracking unit with the capacity of 2.7 million tons per annum, which will use as the feed the refinery’s own vacuum gasoil and heavy gas oil produced by coking from the fuel oil deep conversion unit.
At present, the refinery refines crude oil to produce industrial fuel oil, bunker fuel, straight-run gasoline, and various types diesel fuel, inter alia, of marine and export grades. With the completion of all process stages, the refinery will start producing a wide range of petroleum products, in particular, Euro-5 compliant А-92 and А-95 gasolines, Euro-5 diesel fuel of summer, winter and Arctic grades, petroleum coke and granulated sulphur.
When building new and upgrading its existing facilities the Antipinsky Oil Refinery pays special attention to minimizing the environmental footprint of its production process. These issues are an indispensable part of the refinery’s economic activity management system. A perfect example of this policy is the commissioning of state-of-the art five-stage wastewater treatment facilities. The unique feature of the refinery’s water treatment facilities is that once the water has passed through all purification stages, the quality of water discharged is better than the quality of source water from the Tura River.
As part of its production process, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s operates a Central Laboratory consisting of several subdivisions, whose employees perform over 3000 analyses and take over 800 measurements of the refinery’s gas-air environment on a monthly basis.
The refinery management creates the conditions enabling it to openly demonstrate the enterprise’s environmental responsibility. In July 2014, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery opened an Environmental Liaison Office which can provide information on the ecological situation around the refinery at any time.
The public environmental audit conducted at Antipinsky Oil Refinery in February 2015 by Environmental International Auditors Community Non-profit Partnership, a self-regulatory organization, confirms that the enterprise’s activities in the areas of environmental protection and the use of natural resources meet the requirements of applicable RF environmental and natural resources management law.