A: Well, the refinery was built on an extremely tight schedule, indeed. The secret is simple: the use of up-to-date technologies at the stage of the enterprise construction, as well as in the course of its operation. We pay special attention to the application of high ecological standards. For example, now we are building complex treatment facilities. Antipinsky Oil Refinery is the first enterprise built from scratch on the former USSR territory according new technologies. The enterprise cannot be referred to such giants of oil refining as the plants in Omsk and Ufa. The refinery is of a medium size but when all facilities are put into operation it will reach a high percent of the deep processing of crude hydrocarbons.
Q: The commissioning of the enterprise is divided in three phases. Will you say something about it?
A: The first workflow phase with the capacity of 400 thousand tons per year was put into operation at the end of 2006. Then the enterprise was technically reequipped and its capacity grew up to 740 thousand tons p.a. Moreover, after commissioning of the second phase in May 2010 it reached 3.5 million tons. By the end of 2012 we plan to raise this index up to 4.1 million tons and after commissioning of the third phase in 2013 the output of refinery is to reach 7.5 million tons per year. We have already started the construction of the third phase and are simultaneously making project arrangements, acquire licenses, basic designs, draw up engineering documentation, purchase equipment for the main and auxiliary production facilities. The third-phase facilities will be put into operation in several stages from 2013 to 2016. In 2013 we plan to build and commission the ELOU-AT-3 unit with the capacity of 3.7 million tons per year what will enable the enterprise to yield 7.5 million tons of refined products annually. At this stage complex treatment facilities are to be built.
Q: Now the oil processing depth at the refinery makes up 60 percent. What percent will be reached as a final result and what oil products will the enterprise yield?
A: In 2015 we intend to increase the processing depth up 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 complex fuel-oil high level processing unit is planned to be treated at the hydrocracking unit subsequently obtaining high quality Euro-5 standard fuels. For example, we will produce the entire range of diesel fuel: summer, winter, arctic. Today the company converts crude oil into technological fuel oil, bunker fuel, directly distilled gasoline, and diesel fuel in compliance with both, GOST national standard and Euro-2 standard.
Q: Will the enterprise produce anything else in addition to diesel fuel and gasoline?
A: Except high quality motor gasoline the refinery intends to produce coke which is in great demand with iron and steel industry, it is also planned to install an elementary sulfur (granulate) production unit.
Q: Transport junction is an important factor for the refinery. What is being done in this respect?
A: Our company has acquired and repaired Antipino Railway Station near which a finished products sector (FPS) intended for the rail shipment of light oil products (gasoline and diesel fuel) was built. The FPS is a standalone facility connected with the main site of the refinery by industrial pipelines of the total length of about three km. The area of the sector amounts to 15 ha. There are two either-direction filling racks in the sector making it possible to fill 71 railway tanks simultaneously (what constitutes the RZhD/Russian Railways rate) and an intermediate tank farm with the volume of 20 thousand cubic meters. 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.
Q: Do you buy crude for the refinery?
A: Partially. Our corporate partner Tarkhovskoe LLC holds licenses for the exploration, prospecting, and extraction of oil at six licensed territories within which six developing oil fields are located (Yershovoe, Sorominskoe, Severo-Sorominskoe, Severo-Tarkhovskoe, Nikolskoe, Tul-Yoganskoe), and one more oil field, Zapadno-Tarkhovskoe, is still at the stage of prospecting (Zapadno-Tarkhovskoe). Total current reserves of oil make up 75.1 million tons in terms of geological evaluation, 8.45 million tons of them are extractable. The total area of oil fields is 544 sq. km.
Q: Today Antipinsky Oil Refinery is one of significant investment projects of the Tyumen Region. What are the sources of funds for such large-scale investment?
A: The volume of investments in the project for the period from 2010 to 2015 is planned at the level of USD 2 billion. One of the steps forward on the way of the implementation of the planned strategy of the company development is the signature on the 26th of April this year of the multicurrency loan agreement on the provision to Antipinsky Oil Refinery of term and revolving credit facilities for the total amount of USD 750 million. This agreement was signed by Gazprombank OJSC, Raiffeisen Bank International AG and ZAO Raiffeisenbank (CJSC) jointly with Glencore International AG, Vitol S.A., Globexbank CJSC, and WestLB AG (London). The loan to be repaid in March 2017 consists of three tranches in USD and Russian rubles with the collateral in the form of elements of pre-export and project financing.
Q: The refinery is situated in Tyumen. Is it dangerous from the viewpoint of environmental protection?
A: Of late as the volumes of oil production and refining are growing the issues of environmental protection and industrial safety become those of top priority for both, governmental structures and oil refining companies. There can be seen an acute necessity of applying specific comprehensive measures at modern oil refineries for the purpose of minimizing the harmful impact made by the industrial operation of oil refining facilities on environment. In this connection special attention was paid to compliance with high ecological standards during the construction of Antipinsky Oil Refinery. 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. I state it with confidence that our refinery does no harm to environment.
Q: Can you speak about these technological solutions in more detail? This problem is of special concern to the public of the regional center.
A: First: the use in process furnaces of burner units which comply with the most stringent environmental requirements. Second: the application of a sealed system within the entire process flow. Third: 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. Fourth: the provision of a leak-proof filling of light oil products with gas removal to tanks via gas equalizing lines. Fifth: the use of air-cooling systems for process flows. Moreover, it should be noted that we apply water removal systems which prevent waste water discharge to surface waters as well as build concrete platforms for processing equipment and oil loading racks with guard rails and ladders. The implementation of these solutions minimizes environmental damage. Besides, sewage treatment facilities are being built 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. Such facilities include 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). Wastewaters will be like potable water. The total area of treatment facilities occupies 10.73 hectares.
Q: It often happens the social problems are forgotten when a new company is established...
A: It is not about us. From the very beginning the management team of the refinery approved social programs in addition to technological. We take care not only of providing quality medical service, supporting our employees through the system of different kinds of benefits and compensations, but also, what is especially important, we do our best to improve their living conditions. Thus, by resolution of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mazurov D.P., a multi-family house with 152 flats is being built for the company’s professionals and foremost workers the delivery of which is scheduled for 2013. One of the most important areas of the social policy of Antipinsky Oil Refinery is charity. Over the entire period of its existence the enterprise has developed key approaches of providing charitable assistance: it doesn’t use charitable organizations and foundations, but renders support directly to orphanages, boarding schools, clubs, cultural institutions, the Tyumen regional organization of the Russian national society of the disabled. Friendly relations established between the enterprise and Orphanage No. 66, Municipal Educational Establishment, intended for orphans and children deprived of parental care prove it. The enterprise pays no less attention to sports providing material support to one of the Junior Judo Clubs in Tyumen. In addition to that, just recently beneficent aid was provided for the preparation and hosting in the Tyumen Region of “Robinsonada 2012” Tourist Forum for disabled persons.
Q: Tyumen Regional Governor Vladimir Yakushev says in his speeches that the implementation of the investment project on the construction of Antipinsky Oil Refinery will make it possible not only to swell tax revenues to the regional treasury, but also to solve a number of vial problems. What did he mean?
A: Agro-industrial sector is rapidly developing in the south of the Tyumen Region. The POL prices are vitally important for farmers, but fuel prices include a considerable transport component. We don’t need any railway transport to deliver our products to the south of the region, that is why, no transport component is included in the fuel price. We have also discussed with Vladimir Vladimirovich the issues of supplying diesel fuel and gasoline to farmers without any advance payment during sowing and harvesting campaigns what will make it possible to fulfill agricultural works promptly and in due time. Our refinery will do good to the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Areas. The Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Areas urgently need high-octane gasoline in the period of low temperatures of the air. When our oil refinery starts producing Euro-5 gasoline this problem will be solved.
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