The Antipinsky Oil Refinery started a new stage in the enterprise development by the commissioning of a hydrotreating unit to produce Euro 5 highest quality diesel fuel. As of today, the refinery’s hydrocarbons refining depth is 52 percent. Next year, the refinery is planning to increase it up to 97 percent and commission another production facility.
Symbolic though it is, the launch opens up a major new stage in the Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s development. The refinery started producing Euro-5 international standard diesel fuel commercially – 3 million tons per annum, for now. The amount of fuel produced will be subsequently increased by one million tons.
“In 2016, new Euro-5 standard requirements will be introduced at the refinery, and we should be ready for them. The requirements with respect to the improvement of our fuel’s environmental properties and other technical nuances need to be met,” said Sergei Murzin, Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s Chief Engineering Officer.
The production of diesel fuel meeting the highest standards has been made possible by the construction of the hydrotreating unit. It took one and a half years to build it, and it is substantially in operation now. Passing through it, diesel fuel undergoes the final stage of refining to be cleaned of hydrogen sulfide.
Land is a problem. The refinery is expanding, so it needs more land. The lands concerned are federally owned. It takes a long time to officially change the land use designation. A project like this cannot exist without government support. The authorities have granted the refinery corporate property tax relief.
“Our goal is to double our economics by 2020. It is an incredibly difficult challenge considering our conditions. But we will struggle along as best we can. We will do everything to get over the high bar we have set ourselves,” stressed Vladimir Yakushev, the Tyumen Region Governor.
The refinery is also pursuing its plans. Today, its oil refining capacity is 9 million tons per annum. Back in 2005, it was 20 times lower. Then, the refinery covered up to 30% of regional fuel demand. Now, there is enough fuel for the entire Ural Region. It is also exported. And, most importantly, the price of fuel per ton is one thousand rubles lower than the competitor’s prices.
“There are no reasons for the prices to grow, because we are a far off region most closely located to oil production facilities. The balance toward lower prices compared to Central Russia will always be there in our favour. It should not be any other way here,” believes Dmitry Mazurov, Chairman of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery Board of Directors.