1. Gennady Lisovichenko: The 2012 Plan Has Been Fulfilled. And Exceeded.

Gennady Lisovichenko: The 2012 Plan Has Been Fulfilled. And Exceeded.

10.01.2013

Antipinsky Oil Refinery is a young and rapidly developing enterprise which is just 8 years old. During this period of time it has managed to become one of the most powerful oil refineries. General Director of Antipinsky Oil Refinery Gennady Lisovichenko thinks that the progress made by the enterprise is connected with the use of new technologies in the course of its construction and operation, as well as with enhanced attention of its management team to conformity with environmental standards. As of today the facilities of two work-flow phases have been commissioned and are refining oil, and the first stage of the third phase will be completed by the 2013 yearend. Detailed information about progress made by Antipinsky Oil Refinery is given in his interview to Itogi. Federal Press.

- Gennady Alekseyevich, Antipinsky Oil Refinery began developing very rapidly and became one of the most powerful oil refineries in Russia. Will you comment on results of the year 2012?

- This year the refinery has already fulfilled technical conditions provided by Transneft ahead of time in order to receive 6 million tons of oil p.a. via the system of Transneft oil-trunk pipeline. It took one month for us to reconstruct the oil delivery-and-acceptance section: we substituted pumps and pipelines for those of bigger diameters and enhanced the throughput capacity of the control unit.

From April to October 2012 works were underway at the refinery on increasing the production capacity of ELOU-AT-2. This unit is intended for primary crude oil distillation. As a result of modernization its capacity grew from 2.5 to 3.5 million tons of oil products per year. And finally the overall productivity of the refinery (ELOU-AT-1 and ELOU-AT-2) amounted to 4.2 million tons of oil products per year. In several coming years we plan to commission the facilities of the third construction phase. Within the shortest possible time we developed a project, passed all required expert examinations, obtained a complete set of documents, selected a contractor, and acquired the necessary equipment.

When the delivery-and-acceptance section was stopped for reconstruction, we carried out works on rebinding equipment and completed them ahead of schedule, by the way. The commissioning of the units demonstrated good results, if to say nothing more. Summing up all the facts mentioned above, I note that all plans for 2012 have been fulfilled at 100 %. And now we are going to the year 2013 with the prospect of putting new facilities into operation according to approved plans.

- In the spring of 2012 an agreement was signed with banks for lending a credit to the tune of USD 750 million. Have you managed to use at least some portion of these funds and what for exactly?

- In 2012 we planned to spend 9.6 million rubles for the development of the 3 phase of the refinery. Actually the funds for design and survey works amounted to 585.4 million rubles, for construction and assembly works – 2.18 billion rubles, for equipment – 3.37 billion rubles, for permits and licenses – 190 million rubles. Other expenses amounted to 170 million rubles. We intend to spend 20 billion rubles in 2013.

- Activities on enhancing the refinery capacities are energy- and cost-consuming. Did you manage, however, to implement any social projects?

- Of course. In our opinion the most significant 2012 projects are the beginning of construction of a residential building for 152 flats, and the allocation of land for individual housing construction for the refinery’s employees. In 2012 we put into operation a new canteen for 36 persons, an additional shuttle bus for driving the refinery’s personnel to and from work. Some 20% of our employees go in for various kinds of sports: football, volleyball, swimming, in 3 leased sports centers...

- How do you develop relations with the trade union?

- Within the framework of the active legislation of the Russian Federation. For example, negotiations for concluding the Collective Agreement were conducted with both the majority of personnel represented by the Labor Collective Council, and the trade union organization.

In spite of the fact that the number of members in the trade union organization is small, the attitude towards them is the same as to other refinery’s employees. Similar guarantees and requirements are applied to everybody.

- The problem of personnel training for industrial enterprises has become especially acute of late. How does your company solve this problem?

- If it becomes necessary our employees go to study to such training centers in the city of Tyumen as the Institute of Further Vocational Education under Tyumen State Oil and Gas University or Zapsibenergo Training Center. We plan to organize subsequently our own instructional courses which will make it possible to carry out on-the-job training for employees and to cut costs for education.

- What do you think in general about the work of the enterprise? What are your objectives for the future?

- The enterprise is developing as planned by our policy. All tasks set in this year have been fulfilled, moreover, some of them even ahead of schedule. I wouldn’t like to speak too much about future objectives. It is better to speak about what has been done, in fact. So, let me tell you about the prospective stages of development of our refinery.

We plan to commission ELOU-AT-3 unit with the capacity of 3.7 million tons p.a. subsequently enhancing the enterprise’s capacity up to 7.5 million tons of refined crude oil p.a. at the 1st stage of work-flow phase III. Some off-site facilities, namely, the tank farm for commercial diesel fuel with the volume of 80 thousand tons, the tank farm for crude oil with the volume of 60 thousand tons, and up-to-date treatment facilities, will be commissioned simultaneously with the unit. To be completed in the IVth quarter of 2013.

For the purpose of improving the diesel fuel quality as required by Euro-5 standard and for the purpose of ensuring the necessary freezing temperature making it possible to produce winter and arctic diesel fuel, the diesel fuel hydrotreaing unit will be constructed at the 2nd stage of work-flow phase III (Danish company Haldor Topsoe is the licenser of the process and the developer of the basic project). To guarantee hydrotreaing operations, a hydrogen-production unit, an amine treatment block, and an elemental sulfur production unit with the granulation block will be constructed. To be completed in the IVth quarter of 2014. The 3rd stage of work-flow phase III will make it possible to increase the oil processing depth up to 94% by commissioning a combined deferred tar carbonization unit with a fuel-oil vacuum distillation block in the 4th quarter of 2015. The output of diesel fuel will grow by 50% of the total refinery volume. American company Foster Wheeler is the licenser of the process and the developer of the basic project

In 2016 it is planned to transfer to the production of Euro-5 high-octane gasoline with the octane number of no lower than 95 points under research method due to commissioning of the gasoline reforming unit with the catalyst permanent regeneration and isomerization block. UOP is the licenser of the processes.

In 2016-2018 it is planned to build and commission the vacuum gasoil hydrocracking unit, and the refinery’s own vacuum gasoil from the vacuum block of the deferred carbonization unit will be used as the raw material for it. As a result, the diesel fuel volume will reach 62.5%. In addition to that the second hydrogen production unit and off-site facilities will be built.

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