THE ONLY GREENFIELD NON-STATE REFINERY WHICH IS INDEPENDENT FROM VERTICALLY INTEGRATED OIL COMPANIES, HAS THE CAPACITY OF OVER 8 MTPA AND PAYS OVER RUB 115 MILLION IN TAXES TO THE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT. THE ANTIPINSKY OIL REFINERY IS ALWAYS SPOKEN ABOUT IN UNIQUENESS CONTEXT.
SPACE FOR MANEUVERING
Attempts to set up small- and medium-capacity oil refineries were made in various Russian regions. But all the projects were abandoned due to poorly designed crude oil supply solutions. In the Tyumen Region, it has been carried through.
Sibnefteprovod OJSC, a Transneft subsidiary, enthusiastically started building a production site for the refinery located so conveniently in close proximity to the trunk pipeline pump station and the railroad in the village of Antipino. Despite the work done and equipment ordered abroad, in 2000, the construction had to be stopped. Sibnefteprovod abandoned its idea, inter alia, because, being a pipeline company, it found such non-core business unprofitable.
Nevertheless, a well-developed region having a high-throughput pipeline system and located in close proximity to oil production centres needed an oil refinery. At the time, Gennady Lisovichenko, today’s General Director of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery, and Dmitry Mazurov, its today’s Chairman of the Board, were already negotiating the purchase of the site and the production unit. They had a few trumps in their hands: experience in oil refining, understanding of external and internal business policies and a knowledge-based plan for the future company. The project was supported by Sergei Sobyanin, who was then the Governor of the Tyumen Region. This gave the go-ahead for the construction of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery, the only commercial-scale refinery on the Tyumen Region and Ural Federal District. After lengthy negotiations, the refinery started getting West Siberian oil from Transneft trunk pipelines for refining. In 2006, Workflow Phase I with the design capacity of 400 thous. tons per annum was commissioned with as few as 207 employees. Now, the refinery is already building its Workflow Phase 3 and employs more than 1500 people.
CAPACITY TO INCREASE 20-FOLD
The actual capacity of Workflow Phase I, even after it reached 740 thous. tons per annum after revamping, did not seem sufficient to the refinery’s management, and serious work to increase it was launched. In 2010, Workflow Phase II with the capacity of 2.5 MTPA was commissioned. Within two years, as a result of upgrading, its capacity exceeded 3.3 MTPA. It enabled the refinery to increase the total refining capacity to 4 million tons in 2013. In a year’s time, the refinery commissioned a third oil refining unit with the capacity of 3.7 MTPA plus the unit’s 10% reserve refining capacity. The resulting refining capacity exceeded 8 million tons: 7.74 MTPA — nameplate capacity of the three units and 0.37 MTPA — the reserve refining capacity of the third unit. Thus, the capacity increased almost as much as 20-fold!
The refining depth has also changed. In 2006, with only Workflow Phase I operating, it was 55%. It was an optimal figure at the time. Now, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery, whose development is driven by the current trends in statutory requirements, is building a combined deferred tar carbonization unit with a fuel oil vacuum distillation module. Its commissioning will enable the refinery to increase the refining depth to 94%. The resulting diesel fuel output will increase up to 50% of the total refining volume. Coke produced by tar carbonization will be sold to metallurgical industry enterprises.
ANTIPINSKY OIL REFINERY’S TOP-5ACHIEVEMENTS
- The refinery ranked 120th in Expert-400 rating of leading Russian companies
- The refinery was named Russia’s best company in 2014 in the “Leader in Labor Productivity” category of Expert-400 rating
- The refinery was awarded a diploma of the "Global Eco Brand" main international environmental Award in the “Leader in Social and Environmentally Responsible Business” category.
- The refinery ranked 77th in 2014 Rating of Russia’s 200 Largest Private Companiesaccording to Forbes magazine
The refinery ranked among TOP-10 outstanding taxpayers of the region in 2014 firmly holding the second position.
The significance of the oil refinery for the region is recognized at top levels of power. The commissioning of the first stage of Workflow Phase III (third oil refining unit) was attended by Sergei Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Russian Federation State Duma, and Vladimir Yakushev, the Governor of the Tyumen Region. They appreciated the scope of real production engaging a great number of Tyumen specialists and ranking second in tax payments to the regional government.
Another important step in the project implementation was the acquisition and renovation of Antipino Railway Station, the refinery’s thoroughfare, and the construction of the finished product section. It enables the shipment of light petroleum products in tank cars. Gasoline and diesel fuel is simultaneously loaded into 71 tank cars, and the capacity of the relay tank farm is 100 thous. m3. Trains are made up for deliveries to the Russian market and for export.
In almost 10 years of its business in the oil refining market, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery has gained a reputation of a reliable supplier of high-quality products. Before leaving the refinery, fuel undergoes numerous quality checks, several analyses during the production and final checks in tank cars before the shipment.
With the construction of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery the Tyumen Region for the first time in its history started supplying industrial petrol, fuel oil and diesel fuel to the world market instead of crude oil. Moreover, in June 2015, the refinery produced its first Euro-5 compliant diesel fuel. It was made possible by the construction of the diesel fuel hydrotreating unit and hydrogen and elemental sulfur production shops. These events mark the beginning of a fundamentally new level in the Antipinsky Oil refinery development.
Upon the completion of all the works and the commissioning of the unit, the refinery will start a sustainable production of summer and winter Euro-5 diesel fuels to the amount of 3.6 million tons per annum. It means that the demand for this type of fuel will be covered with the refinery’s own output.
The Tyumenites are eagerly waiting not only for high-quality diesel fuel, but also for Euro-5 compliant gasoline to come to the market. And they will not have to wait much longer. The Antipinsky Oil Refinery entered into a RUB 15.173 billion non-revolving credit facility agreement with Sberbank of Russia JSC. The loan funds will be used to finance the construction of a combined high-octane production unit enabling the refinery to produce 480 thous. tons of Euro-5 AI-95 gasoline per annum.
The commissioning of the unit will enable the refinery to cover AI-95 motor gasoline shortage in the Tyumen Region and partially in the Urals Federal District and help to create additional competition for major petroleum products market players to curb the price growth and improve the region’s environmental condition by reducing sulfur and benzene content in motor gasoline.
SECURING LONG-TERM FUTURE
Once the construction of all workflow phases has been completed, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery will produce a wide range of petroleum products, in particular, AI-92, AI-95 (Euro-5 compliant) gasoline, Euro-5 diesel fuel (of summer, winter and Arctic grades), petroleum coke, granulated sulfur, propane and butane autogases.
“Our company shows high growth rates. It is, first and foremost, attributable to large investments in the production development,” says Gennady Lisovichenko, Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s General Director. “The refinery’s large-scale work of almost ten years has been confirmed by the National Rating Agency at “А+”.
The management of the Antipinsky oil refinery realizes that its rapid development should not affect the environment and, therefore, pays great attention to environmental matters. At the first stage in Workflow Phase 3, the refinery commissioned state-of-the-art five-stage wastewater treatment facilities.
Russian- and foreign-made equipment complex provides for complete biological treatment of industrial and storm waters, as well as domestic wastewaters. Wastewater is treated in multiple stages: pre-treatment, physical and chemical treatment, biological treatment, advanced treatment and decontamination, dewatering of trapped petroleum products, watered residue and surplus activated sludge. A multi-level purification system, a large team of qualified specialists and strict compliance with applicable standards enable the company to exclude contamination of land and groundwater with petroleum products.
As a participant of the International Business Forum “Russia – Serbia 2015: Prospects of Trade, Economic and Humanitarian Cooperation” held in Belgrade, the refinery was awarded a diploma of the "Global Eco Brand" main international environmental Award in the “Leader in Social and Environmentally Responsible Business” category. The public environmental quality audit conducted, the International Environmental Certificate and “International Ecologists Initiative 100% Eco Quality” gold medal confirm that the Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s activities in the area of environmental protection and use of natural resources meet the requirements of applicable laws of the Russian Federation.
The refinery combines it all – operations management and development, investment attractiveness and economically advantageous location in the center of the Ural Federal District. In almost thirty years, the Russian oil refining industry could not congratulate itself on building from scratch, on a greenfield site any facilities of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s scope, much less on their successful operation for almost ten years.