1. A Turning Point in Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s History

A Turning Point in Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s History

01.04.2015

The Antipinsky Oil Refinery is the only commercial-scale oil refinery in the Ural Federal District. In has been supplying the Tyumen Region with petroleum products for eight years now. It continues its development and implements large-scale projects to increase its refining depth and improve the quality of its products while focusing much attention on environmental issues.

Antipinsky Oil Refinery comesinsecondin the amount of taxes paid to the Tyumen Region government. 
Antipinsky Oil Refinery Development Project 
The Antipinsky Oil Refinery celebrated New Year 2015 with new production achievements having considerably increased in January-February the amount of refined oil against the same period of 2014: up to 1299 thous. tons against 848 thous. tons. The amount of fuel produced has also increased: straight-run gasoline 1.45 times, diesel fuel – 1.29 times, low-viscosity marine fuel (TMS-E type) – 2.5 times and dark petroleum products – 1.59 times. 
While increasing refining volumes, the refinery is focused on improving the quality of its products. The Antipinsky Oil Refinery is planning to develop a production base in Central Russia to improve efficient use of natural resources and increase the output of petroleum products meeting the highest quality standards by introducing deep refining processes. 
The Antipinsky Oil Refinery development project enjoys comprehensive support both at local and federal levels. The Tyumen Government and personally Governor Vladimir YAKUSHEV contribute in every possible way to the construction of the refinery’s Workflow Phase III just as they did 10 years ago during the construction of Workflow Stage I. 
The Antipinsky Oil Refinery means energy security and creation of hi-tech jobs for the Tyumen Region. Governor Vladimir YAKUSHEV has on numerous occasions named the Antipinsky Oil Refinery as an example of a successful enterprise putting a special emphasis on the refinery’s properly chosen development vectors and social policy. 
In 2015, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery is planning to change over to the production of Euro-5 compliant diesel fuel and bring the maximum refining depth to 97%. In 2016, it expects to start the production of Euro-5 compliant gasoline. To achieve these goals, the refinery is using its best efforts to ensure rapid construction of Workflow Phase III. 
Implementation of a Large-scale Project 
The construction of Workflow Phase III is being implemented in several stages. In January 2014, the first stage comprising the construction of ELOU AT-3 unit was completed. It has been the commissioning of that unit that enabled the refinery to exceed the refining volume of eight million tons per annum. 
At Stage 2 of Workflow Phase III, in order to bring diesel fuel quality to Euro-5 standard (with sulfur content not exceeding 10 ppm) and ensure necessary pour point with the possibility to manufacture winter and Arctic grade diesel fuels, a hydrotreating unit has been built. The licensor and developer of the basic design was Haldor Topsoe (Denmark). To ensure the operation of the hydrotreating unit, hydrogen generation and gas treatment shops, as well as an elemental sulfur production shop (with a granulation module) have been built.
At the same stage, the capacity of oil transportation via Transneft JSC trunk pipelines was increased to 7.2 MTPA.

Further, the construction of the LPG storage has been completed. The storage is intended for shipping  PA and PBA commercial-grade liquefied motor gas produced by ELOU- AT-3 unit. The LPG storage throughput capacity is 25,000 tons per annum, storage capacity is 500 cubic meters.

Main Objectives for 2015 
Today, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery is implementing the third stage of Workflow Phase III. Its completion will enable the refinery to increase oil refining depth to 97% by the commissioning of a combined deferred tar carbonization unit with a fuel oil vacuum distillation module. The resulting diesel fuel yield will be increased to 50% of the total refining volume. The process licensor and basic design developer is Foster Wheeler (USA). Coke obtained by tar carbonization is a finished product highly demanded in metallurgical industry. 

As of today, the refinery has almost completed the works to build foundations for core process equipment of the combined deferred tar carbonization unit, structural steel erection for piperacks, compressor facility, pump house, transformer substation and control room buildings are underway, coke storage facility is being built. Equipment installation works are underway: two coke drums with a total weight of over 900 tons, a 376-ton vacuum column, debutanizer and secondary absorber columns, as well as heat exchangers, tanks and vessels have been installed. 

In 2016, the refinery is planning to implement the fourth stage of Workflow Phase III which will enable it to switch over to the production of Euro-5 high-octane gasolines with octane ratings of 92 and 95 points measured using the research method. To that end, a gasoline reformer with continuous catalyst regeneration and an isomerization unit will be commissioned.
The refinery’s further development plan for 2017-2018 provides for the construction of a vacuum gasoil hydrocracking unit with the capacity of 2.7 million tons per annum. The raw material to be used for the unit will be vacuum gasoil and heavy coking gasoil produced by the fuel oil deep conversion unit. 
High Degree of Responsibility 
When building new and upgrading its existing facilities the Antipinsky Oil Refinery pays special attention to minimizing the environmental footprint of its production process – these issues are an indispensable part of the refinery’s economic activity management system. 
Federal State-Funded Healthcare Institution “Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology in the Tyumen Region” in 4Q 2014 and 1Q 2015 took measurements (of noise, vibration and air emission levels) at the sanitary protection area boundary, which did not reveal any exceedences. During the same periods, accredited laboratories in compliance with the program for regular observations of the water body and its buffer zone took measurements of hydrometeorological, organoleptic, microbiological and hydrochemical indicators. No exceedences were revealed either. 
In February this year, the Leninsky District Prosecutor’s Office together with specialists of the Tyumen District Directorate of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage and the Tyumen Region Branch of the Federal State-Funded Institution “Center for Laboratory Analyses and Technical Metrology for Ural Federal District” conducted an audit of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery to inspect the facilities making a negative impact on the environment. No violations have been found. 
The company’s environmental consciousness does not go unnoticed. In 2015, the Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC was awarded a diploma of the "Global Eco Brand" main international environmental Award in the “Leader in Social and Environmentally Responsible Business” category.
At the beginning of 2015, specialists of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery began to develop the company’s environmental policy and implement an integrated management system (environmental management system and occupational health and safety management system). 
The refinery’s specialists are also developing a retrofitting design for the existing tank farms: they are planning to replace fixed roofs of tanks Р15-Р18, РЗЗ, Р34 with floating ones. It will enable the refinery to reduce product losses due to evaporation and emissions of harmful substances (pollutants) from tank breather valves. 
Unique Water Treatment Facilities 
The Antipinsky Oil Refinery is one of the major water consumers in Tyumen. Therefore, the refinery is committed to continuous improvement of its manufacturing technology, implementing wastewater treatment methods, monitoring water consumption and water disposal, and the quality of wastewater discharged. Among the projects aimed at minimizing environmental risks are the refinery’s existing treatment facilities. 
The unique feature of the refinery’s water treatment facilities is that once the water has passed through all purification stages, the quality of water discharged is better than the quality of source water from the Tura River. 
Wastewater coming to the treatment facilities goes through a full purification cycle: preliminary treatment (sand collectors with settlers), physical and chemical treatment (separators, impeller floaters), biological treatment with membrane bioreactors, advanced treatment (sorption filters and UV decontamination). 
The equipment installed at water treatment, water intake and water conditioning facilities helps to:

  • prevent changes in the Tura River bed and water traffic restrictions associated with the operation of water intake facilities;
  • provide the Refinery with water of the required quality to be maintained by  the equipment installed at main and auxiliary processing units;
  • reduce the construction area 4 times compared to the conventional treatment technology using primary and secondary sludge basins (wastewater biological treatment technology);
  • minimize operational costs by using low power consumption equipment, novel chemical reagents, etc.;
  • reduce the exposure of the environment and attending staff to hazards such as noise, vibration, emissions and discharges.

The implementation of the aforesaid project has won the Antipisky Oil Refinery 2014 “Russian Water” First National Water Industry Award in the category “Best project aimed at reducing water pollution”.

Wastewater quality is controlled at all treatment stages using modern equipment installed at the Central Laboratory of Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC.

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