1. Antipinsky Oil Refinery - heads for deep refining

Antipinsky Oil Refinery - heads for deep refining


Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC is a young and rapidly developing enterprise in the Tyumen Region. The refinery founded in 2004 produces 3.5 million tons of oil products per year (technological fuel oil, bunker fuel, directly distilled gasoline, and diesel fuel according to GOST and Euro-2 standards). It is the first oil refining enterprise of such capacity built in Russia over the past 30 years. Plans are in place that already by the end of 2012 the capacity of the refinery will grow up to 4.1 million tons per year.

Antipinsky Oil Refinery has serious competitive advantages, namely, its proximity to both, crude sources and main consumers of oil products. As much as 72% of Russia’s oil reserves and 91% of its gas reserves are concentrated on the territory of the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Areas.

INVESTMENTS. $2 billion are to be invested in the development of Antipinsky Oil Refinery from 2010 to 2015. One of the steps forward on this way is the signature on the 26th of April, 2012, by the company of the agreement on lending loans to Antipinsky Oil Refinery to the tune of $750 million to be repaid in March 2017 with Gazprombank OJSC, Raiffeisen Bank International AG and ZAO Raiffeisenbank (CJSC) jointly with Glencore International AG, Vitol S.A., Globexbank CJSC, and WestLB AG (London). These resources will be spent, inter alia, for the construction of the third phase of the refinery where the fuel compliant with Euro-5 ecological standard will be produced. Works have already been underway, the construction of all workshops of the third phase will be completed in 2018. It should be noted that Euro-5 is the most stringent of effective European ecological standards regulating the degree of harmful impurities in exhaust gases.

PRODUCTION. As of today the oil processing depth at the refinery makes up 60%, but the management team of Antipinsky Oil Refinery has developed extensive plans to increase the volumes and quality of oil refining. “The first phase of the enterprise was commissioned in 2006, the second one in 2010. Now our main task is to produce 7.5 million tons of oil products per year by the 2015 yearend, increase the processing depth up to 94%, and transfer to the production of Euro-5 gasoline,” General Director of Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC Gennady Lisovichenko notes.

To attain the stated objective the enterprise plans to commission the deferred carbonization unit in December 2015 which will make it possible to increase the processing depth to 94%. The processing depth will be provided by the construction and commissioning of a complex fuel-oil high level processing unit consisting of a fuel-oil vacuum distillation block and deferred tar carbonization block. The licenser of the units is FosterWheeler. The vacuum gasoil produced using the fuel-oil high level processing unit is planned to be treated at the hydrocracking unit subsequently obtaining high quality fuel. It will lead the refinery to advanced positions in the industry.

The transfer to the production of high-octane Euro-5 gasoline is scheduled to the first quarter of 2016 on account of the commissioning of the gasoline hydrotreating, isomerization, and reforming block. The gasoil hydrocracking unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2017-2018. In addition to high-quality motor gasoline the refinery plans to develop the production of furnace coke and elementary sulfur (granulate) which are in great demand.

CRUDE AND LOGISTICS. The management team of Antipinsky Oil Refinery pays special attention to security of crude products. Corporate partner Tarkhovskoe LLC holds licenses for oil exploration, prospecting, and extraction on six licensed territories where the developing oil fields are located. One more oil field is at the stage of prospecting. The total area of oil fields makes up 544 sq. km.

It should be noted that in 2011 some 340 thousand tons were extracted at the company’s own Tarkhovskoe oil field and then refined at Antipinsky Oil Refinery. In 2012 it is planned to extract about 360 thousand tons of oil from the oil fields, in 2013 – some 375 thousand tons, and by 2014 the oil extraction will grow almost up to 400 thousand tons.

Antipinsky Oil Refinery pays great attention to modernization and development of railways what makes it possible to considerably increase cargo turnover and improve transport logistics. For the purpose of the rail shipment of gasoline and diesel fuel Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC has acquired and reconstructed Antipino Railway Station near which there is a finished products sector (FPS). The reconstruction of the railway tracks and the station will allow to considerably increase their traffic capacity and meet the demands of the growing production of the refinery.

The new finished products sector is a standalone facility connected with the main site of the refinery by industrial pipelines of the total length of some 2.9 km. The area of the sector amounts to 15 ha. There are two either-direction filling racks on the territory of the sector making it possible to fill 71 railway tanks simultaneously, moreover, there is a intermediate tank farm with the volume of 20 thousand cubic meters there.

The commissioning of the finished products sector has increased the overall capacity of the refinery as to the filling of oil products up to 8 million tons per year (3 million tons is the basic capacity and 5 million tons that of the FPS), as well as lessened the load on the filling/discharging racks functioning in the main area of the refinery. The total volume of the refinery’s tank farms makes up more than 315 thousand tons.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS. The social activity of Antipinsky Oil Refinery is aimed at the creation of healthy and safe labor environment, the provision of quality medical service, the support of employees using the system of various kinds of benefits and compensations. Special attention is paid to improvement of dwelling conditions of the refinery’s staffers. Antipinsky Oil Refinery is building a multi-family twenty-storey house with 152 flats for the company professionals and foremost workers the delivery of which is planned for the year 2013.

Charity is one of important areas of the company’s social policy. Assistance is rendered to orphanages, boarding houses, clubs, cultural institutions, the Tyumen regional organization of the Russian national society of the disabled. The enterprise pays no less attention to sports providing material support to the Junior Judo Club in Tyumen.

ENVIRONMENT. The issues of environmental protection and industrial safety have become of top priority as the volumes of oil extraction and refining grow. Definitely, it is of critical importance that comprehensive solutions aimed at minimizing any harmful impact on the environment are to be implemented at modern oil refineries. In this regard special attention was paid to the introduction of high ecological standards when Antipinsky Oil Refinery was being built.

The ecology department of the refinery’s accredited chemical analytical laboratory keeps regular monitoring of the environment, surface and waste water condition. To reduce impact on the environment a number of technological solutions were developed as the refinery was designed in order to minimize water consumption and, consequently, waste water discharge and pollutant emissions to the atmosphere, as well as to avoid contamination of the soil and ground waters with oil and oil products.

In particular, such solutions include the use in process furnaces of burner units which comply with the most stringent environmental requirements; the application of a sealed system within the entire process flow; the control, computerization, and telemetry of technological processes to prevent accidents, as well as to minimize pollutant emissions to the atmosphere by strict adherence to established technological parameters. In addition to that, environment is protected by a leak-proof filling of light oil products with gas removal to tanks via gas equalizing lines; the use of air-cooling systems for process flows; the application of a water drainage system to avoid waste water discharge to surface waters; and the construction of concrete platforms for processing equipment and oil loading racks with guard rails and ladders.

Nowadays sewage treatment facilities are being built on the territory of Antipinsky Oil Refinery which will provide for the treatment of technical, storm, service and household waste waters to the required extent making it possible to use purified waste waters repeatedly, or discharge them to a fishery water body. Waste water treatment facilities consist of three main blocks: a physical-chemical wastewater treatment block (impeller flotation using Separation Specialists equipment), a biological wastewater treatment block (the membrane bioreactor of GE Water and Process Technologies), and a wastewater post-treatment block (the process of dual filtration using FSU sorption carbon filters with subsequent UV disinfection of wastewaters as required by Sanitary Rules and Standards (SanPin) “Hygienic Regulations For Surface Water Protection”). The total area of treatment facilities makes up 10.73 hectares, whereas the overall area of the refinery’s territories exceeds 150 hectares.

Kommersant Newspaper

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