Antipinsky Oil Refinery is the only oil refining enterprise in the Urals Federal District. It is also unique due to the fact that it is constantly in the process of reconstruction, development, and already today it is one of the most up-to-date and high-technology private oil refineries in the industry.
The urgent issue
In 2004 when Sergei Sobyanin was the governor of the Tyumen Region he approved of the project of construction of a local oil refinery since, first and foremost, the new refinery would create additional jobs and replenish the budget. But not only that.
The matter is that the Tyumen Region which is a worldwide acknowledged “storeroom” of Russian oil and gas has always lacked fuel. That is why in recent years the Tyumen Region had to acquire some 1.2 million tons of light oil products from other areas, in particular, from Omsk Oil Refinery (550 kilometers far from Tyumen), Ufa Oil Refinery (800 kilometers far), and Permnefteorgsintez (600 kilometers far). This circumstance considering a rapid development of industry, the raw materials industry, first of all, and the growth of car owners imposes a significant pressure on the transport infrastructure of the region, and tells on the prices of domestic products unfavorably.
But the realization of one’s cherished dream has always depended on the solution of the only problem: where to find the money. The construction of an enterprise with a maximum possible oil processing depth when producing a full range of high-quality motor fuels requires considerable capital investments. That is why it is common practice worldwide to built oil refineries in workflow phases. Each of such workflow phases implies the organization of a certain complete operating cycle of oil refining and the shipment of a certain set of oil products of required quality level to consumers. That was the way chosen by the initiators of construction of Antipinsky Oil Refinery who also proposed a stage-by-stage plan of the bank financing of the construction.
A rapid start
As of today Antipinsky Oil Refinery situated in the south-east of the city of Tyumen not far from Antipino rural settlement refers to medium-sized oil refineries. But by 2016 it will rank among fifteen major oil refineries in the country.
Such perspective was already planned at the design stage of the enterprise which, it must be said, was completed within the shortest possible time. Even in September 2006 approval of the Tyumen administration for commissioning the 1st workflow phase of the refinery with the estimated capacity of 400 thousand tons of refined oil per year was obtained. In September 2008 the actual capacity of phase I amounted to 740 thousand tons per year as a result of technical modernization.
In April 2010 approval of the Tyumen administration for commissioning workflow II with the estimated capacity of 2.75 million tons per year was obtained. And already in 2012 after technical modernization of phase II without replacement of equipment the refinery managed to increase the capacity of ELOU-AT-2 unit by 25% with the resultant oil refining capacity amounting to 3.5 million tons per year. As of today the overall capacity of the refinery makes up 4.2 million tons per year.
The refinery is connected to the oil trunk pipelines of Transneft JSC with the total capacity of 6 million tons per year. However, its product line is still small: stable natural gas gasoline, M-4 heating fuel oil, and several types of fuels: diesel, process export, dribbling marine, motor low-sulfur. But after completion of construction of all stages of workflow phase III the range of products will significantly increase.
The very fact that the refinery is sustainably yielding products in demand on the market raises its attractiveness considerably for both, national and foreign investors. And it has already led to a tangible result: in March 2012 a multi-currency credit agreement for the total amount of USD 750 million was signed. The parties to the agreement in question are OAO 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 borrowed monetary funds are currently used for the construction of the refinery’s workflow phase III. Construction is carried out in several stages.
Simultaneously with the construction of production facilities we think about the development of the product selling system, Gennady Lisovichenko is quoted as saying. – As of today we are considering the construction project of the bitumen producing plant at the suggestion of the Tyumen Region’s governor Vladimir Yakushev. We plan to extend our own network of fuel filling stations, we have decided jointly with Transneft to lay a product pipeline for supplying the enterprises of the country. In a word, we are sure that Antipinsky Oil Refinery will be able to implement all its plans with the current support provided by the bodies of executive authority. Taking an opportunity I would like to congratulate Vladimir Vladimirovich Yakushev on his 45th birthday, to wish him be healthy as a Siberian, and let his plans come true to life for the benefit of the residents of the Tyumen Region. As for us we will help him in this regard.
ELOU-AT-3 unit with the capacity of 3.7 million tons p.a. will be commissioned at the 1st stage of workflow phase III, as a result of what the enterprise’s crude oil refining capacity will swell to more than 7.5 million tons p.a. Together with the unit several off-site facilities will be commissioned: 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, up-to-date treatment facilities. To be completed in the 4th quarter of 2013.
Diesel fuel hydrotreating unit will be built at the 2nd stage of workflow phase III for the purpose of improving the quality of diesel fuel as required by Euro-5 standards (with the sulfur content not exceeding 10 ppm) and for the purpose of ensuring the necessary freezing temperature so that winter and arctic diesel fuels can be produced (Danish company Haldor Topsoe is the licenser of the process and the developer of the basic project). To guarantee the operation of the hydrotreating unit hydrogen production units with the gas amine treatment block and elemental sulfur production units with the granulation block will be constructed. To be completed in the 4th quarter of 2014.
The oil processing depth will reach up to 94% at the 3rd stage of workflow phase III due to the commissioning in the 4th quarter of 2015 of a combined deferred tar carbonization unit with a fuel-oil vacuum distillation block. As a consequence, the output of diesel fuel will grow up to 50% of the total volume of refining. American company Foster Wheeler is the licenser of the process and the developer of the basic project. Coke which is received as a result of tar carbonization and constitutes the end product is in great demand in metallurgy.
In 2016 (the 1st and 2nd quarters) it is planned to transfer to the production of high-octane gasoline of Euro-5 standard with the octane number of no lower than 95 points under research method due to the 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 deferred carbonization unit and the vacuum block will be used as the raw material for it. As a result the volume of diesel fuel will reach 62.5%. In addition to that the second hydrogen production unit and off-site facilities will be built.
According to General Director of Antipinsky Oil Refinery Gennady Lisovichenko the development of the enterprise will inevitably result in meeting demands of the Tyumen Region in all kinds of oil products in full by the beginning of 2016. It is also important from the viewpoint of both, the fuel cost and its quality. It is common knowledge that a lot of mini-refineries have popped up in the region which are eager to “take advantage” of the deficiency problem. Usually they produce low-quality fuel which can make the most heavy-duty equipment inoperative. That is why it becomes even more urgent to continue the construction of a modern oil refinery with new technologies making it possible to supply high quality oil products to the market in required quantity.