1. Antipinsky Oil Refinery: Great Investments and High Growth Rates

Antipinsky Oil Refinery: Great Investments and High Growth Rates

16.12.2013
The year of Tyumen oil refiners has been marked with as many as several significant events. Being the only oil refinery in the region demonstrating high growth rates for several years Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC fulfilled a number of major projects in both, industrial and social spheres in 2013.

For instance, the first construction stage of the third workflow phase of the refinery was completed, the new 152-apartment house for employees was built. But the company’s management team is not going to rest on laurels. Ambitious plans and good perspectives are in store.

In 2004 the administration of the Tyumen Region approved and backed the construction of the first oil refinery in the region. It was well reasoned: the establishment of a new enterprise meant additional taxes, jobs, and diversification of regional economy. In spite of the fact that the territory on which it was decided to build a refinery was one of the largest oil and gas constituent entities where most Russian oil and gas reserves are concentrated there were no oil refineries there. The citizens of Tyumen had to acquire light oil products from other regions in the volume of about 2 million tons p.a.

Antipinsky Oil Refinery was built when times were hard for the economy. Nevertheless the chosen strategy made it possible to pursue intended plans. The major oil refinery was built with Swiss accuracy necessary for the managers of the enterprise. The refinery has its own principle and slogan of effective work – “Strategies. Technologies. Innovations.”

The construction of an enterprise intended for the output of a wide range of products from scratch involved considerable capital investments. That was precisely why it was decided to build it stage by stage, in workflow phases. Each phase implies the organization of a finished production cycle

. The first phase was completed in two years after the refinery had been founded. The enterprise personnel at that time numbered just about 250 people. The first batch of products was sold to a local company in Tyumen.

Antipinsky Oil Refinery spent more than 3.8 billion rubles for construction of treatment facilities plus for industrial and environmental safety, all told.

The estimated capacity of the refinery made up 400 thousand tons p.a., but in two years it grew up to 740 thousand tons p.a. as a result of modernization.

Tyumen Regional Governor Vladimir Yakushev, who had visited the enterprise in 2006 one month prior to the official opening ceremony, pointed out that the establishment of the refinery was very important for the south of the region: “Added value yielded by the enterprise is much higher than that gained in case of crude trading, and the economy of the region becomes more interesting.”

In May the second workflow phase of the refinery was commissioned. The enterprise started the production of directly distilled gasoline, commercial diesel fuel and commercial fuel oils. The capacity of the second phase amounted to 2.75 million tons p.a. In the course of modernization it grew up to 3.5 million tons of refined crude p.a. at the 2012 yearend. So, the aggregate capacity of the refinery totaled 4.2 million tons p.a. by the 2012 yearend. In parallel the enterprise was busy with the reconstruction of Antipino railway station where a finished product sector was built for the purpose of transportation of light oil products by rail. The commissioning of this sector has made it possible to load up to 8 million tons of oil products p.a.

Prospects and the output of products in demand on the market have become the visiting card of the enterprise. That was why the refinery became be attractive for both, Russian and foreign investors. In March 2012 Antipinsky Oil Refinery signed a multi-currency credit agreement on extending term and revolving credit facilities to the tune of $750 million to it. OAO Gazprombank (OJSC), Raiffeisen Bank International AG and ZAO Raiffeisenbank (CJSC) jointly with GlencoreInternational AG, Vitol S.A., Globexbank CJSC, and WestLB AG (London) have become parties to the agreement. The borrowed funds have been channeled to the building of the third phase of the refinery.

The construction of the third, the most powerful, workflow phase was also carried out stage by stage. This year the first-stage facilities have been commissioned: the primary crude oil refining unit with the capacity of 3.7 million tons p.a. has been put into operation what has enhanced the enterprise’s crude oil refining capacity by more than up to 7.5. million tons p.a. Simultaneously a number of off-site facilities have been commissioned: a tank farm for commercial diesel fuel with the volume of 80 thousand tons, a tank farm for crude oil with the volume of 60 thousand tons, and up-to-date treatment facilities.

The second stage of the third workflow phase will be completed at the end of 2014.

The diesel-fuel hydrotreating unit will be built. For proper operation of this unit hydrogen production units with the amine gas treatment block and elemental sulfur production units with the granulation block are to be constructed, as well. As a result diesel fuel will meet the requirements of Euro-5 standard. At the third stage oil processing depth will increase up to 94% due to commissioning in the 4th quarter of 2015 of the combined deferred tar carbonization unit with a fuel-oil vacuum distillation block. Diesel fuel output will grow by 50% of the total volume of refinery. In 2016 after commissioning of the gasoline reforming unit with the catalyst permanent regeneration and isomerization block the enterprise will transfer to the production of high-octane gasoline of Euro-5 standard with the octane number of no lower than 95 points.

In 2017-2018 it is planned to build the vacuum gasoil hydrocracking unit, and the refinery’s own vacuum gasoil from the deferred carbonization unit and the vacuum block will be used as the raw material for it. In addition to that the second hydrogen production unit and off-site facilities will be built.

“The main thing for us is not to rest on laurels and go ahead. We plan to further expand our enterprise, to find new areas of activity for us, and to make headway to reliable and sustainable future. The diesel-fuel hydrotreating unit will be built. For providing proper operation of this unit hydrogen production units with the amine gas treatment block and elemental sulfur production units with the granulation block are to be constructed, as well. As a result diesel fuel will meet the requirements of Euro-5 standard. At the third stage oil processing depth will increase up to 94% due to commissioning in the 4th quarter of 2015 of the combined deferred tar carbonization unit with a fuel-oil vacuum distillation block. Diesel fuel output will grow by 50% of the total volume of refinery. In 2016 after commissioning of the gasoline reforming unit with the catalyst permanent regeneration and isomerization block the enterprise will transfer to the production of high-octane gasoline of Euro-5 standard with the octane number of no lower than 95 points.

In 2017-2018 it is planned to build the vacuum gasoil hydrocracking unit, and the refinery’s own vacuum gasoil from the deferred carbonization unit and the vacuum block will be used as the raw material for it. In addition to that the second hydrogen production unit and off-site facilities will be built.

“The main thing for us is not to rest on laurels and go ahead. We plan to further expand our enterprise, to find new areas of activity for us, and to make headway to reliable and sustainable future.

The rapid construction of the third phase of the enterprise confirms that we follow the course of development we have planned,” Chairman of the Board of Directors of Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC Dmitry Mazurov has stated. Over the entire period of its existence Antipinsky Oil Refinery has managed to establish relations with major oil companies. As of today strategic partners of Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC are Vitol, Glencore, Mercuria, LITASCO, Surgutneftegaz, Lukoil, Transneft.

No doubt, the construction of any large enterprise in the region always draws public attention to the issue of environmental safety. Top managers of Antipinsky Oil Refinery haven’t ignored it as well. The environmental department of an accredited chemical and analytical laboratory has been formed at the enterprise. It exercises permanent control over environment, surface waters and effluents. To reduce the impact on the environment, a number of technological solutions were taken into account already at the design stage of the refinery making it possible to minimize water consumption what means to reduce sewage discharge, pollutant emissions into the atmosphere, and prevent oil and oil-product spillage in the soil, and underground waters.

Besides, within the framework of the third phase construction facilities intended for industrial wastewater treatment have been built. They include preliminary effluent treatment block, physical-chemical effluent treatment block, biological effluent treatment block, the block of advanced post-treatment of effluents at sorption carbon filters with subsequent UV disinfection of wastewaters.

“The rapid construction of the third phase of the enterprise confirms that we follow the course of development we have planned,” Chairman of the Board of Directors of Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC Dmitry Mazurov has stated. Over the entire period of its existence Antipinsky Oil Refinery has managed to establish relations with major oil companies. As of today strategic partners of Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC are Vitol, Glencore, Mercuria, LITASCO, Surgutneftegaz, Lukoil, Transneft.

No doubt, the construction of any large enterprise in the region always draws public attention to the issue of environmental safety. Top managers of Antipinsky Oil Refinery haven’t ignored it as well. The environmental department of an accredited chemical and analytical laboratory has been formed at the enterprise. It exercises permanent control over environment, surface waters and effluents. To reduce the impact on the environment, a number of technological solutions were taken into account already at the design stage of the refinery making it possible to minimize water consumption what means to reduce sewage discharge, pollutant emissions into the atmosphere, and prevent oil and oil-product spillage in the soil, and underground waters.

Besides, within the framework of the third phase construction facilities intended for industrial wastewater treatment have been built. They include preliminary effluent treatment block, physical-chemical effluent treatment block, biological effluent treatment block, the block of advanced post-treatment of effluents at sorption carbon filters with subsequent UV disinfection of wastewaters.

The total area of treatment facilities occupies 10.73 ha.

The management team of the company is also sure efficient business development is possible if only favorable working conditions are created for the refinery’s employees.

“Though the industrial program of the enterprise is ambitious the management team pays much attention to social issues: housing, medical service, financial assistance and compensations, sports and cultural events, charitable aid to orphans, disabled, and other low-income categories of population,” General Director of Antipinsky Oil Refinery Gennady Lisovichenko points out.

Priority is given to such areas of the social program as the transfer of employees to and from work, medical care, compensations and financial support of employees, subsidized meals, free instructions and additional professional training, inviting students of specialized higher educational establishments for work practice with subsequent employment of them at the refinery after graduation, development of popular physical training and sports, leisure time activities.

In 2013 Antipinsky Oil Refinery marked its ninth birthday and seventh anniversary since the date of the first commercial product output. To celebrate this holiday the refiners officially unveiled the Honors Board on which today the photos of twenty foremost workers are displayed. The people whose portraits are on the board have received a lump-sum premium to the tune of 30 thousand rubles. In addition to that each month of the year they will receive a ten-percent bonus to their salaries, and by the yearend a premium to the tune of 50 thousand rubles will be paid to them.

The apartment house with 152 plats which was built according to the resolution of the board of directors has become another pleasant gift for the employees timed to the ninth birthday of the refinery. Later on 70 flats will be additionally bought in the neighboring apartment house for the refinery’s employees, as well as the land for the construction of a cottage village in which 60 cottages will be built.

The basic activities of charitable assistance have also been determined and are being implemented at the enterprise. Assistance is not rendered through charitable organizations and foundations, but directly to orphanages, boarding schools, clubs, cultural institutions, the Tyumen regional organization of the Russian national society for the disabled. The graphic example thereof is friendly relations have been established with Orphanage No. 66 Municipal Educational Establishment for orphans and children deprived of parental care. In addition to that Antipinsky Oil Refinery develops junior sports projects, in particular, provides its financial support to one of the junior judo clubs of Tyumen.

The fact that the company leaders want to create a large profitable and at the same time a socially responsible enterprise enables Antipinsky Oil Refinery not only to be a reliable partner in the sphere of the oil-product supply, but also to improve the quality of life in the region. In their turn, regional authorities are ready to go on supporting the oil refinery and contribute to its development.

“No doubt that during these several years we have achieved much. But no such achievements would have taken place without devoted work of our employees, reliable partners, and suppliers. Every day all these people help the refinery go along the determined route, make and fulfill plans, and occupy leading positions in the industry thanks to their responsible attitude to the business. Today we rank among the major participants of the oil-refinery market of the Tyumen Region, and it has become possible because we have worked and continue to work selflessly without looking behind at competitors, putting all our hearts to the development of the business which we know and are fond of,” Dmitry Mazurov underlines.

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