Lukoil starts up cracker at Russian refinery

PJSC Lukoil has commissioned a second complex for catalytic cracking of vacuum gas oil at its 17 million-tonne/year Nizhny Novgorod refinery at Kstovo, Russia.

Startup of the new unit, which is equipped with a processing capacity of 2 million tpy (OGJ Online, June 25, 2015), will increase the refinery’s production of Euro-5 quality fuels by 1.1 million tpy from its current total production of 3 million tpy, Lukoil said.

The cracking complex also will nearly double production of propylene at the site to 300,000 tpy, the operator said.

The CCC-2 project, which began construction in 2010 following the launch of Nizhny Novgorod’s 2.6 million-tpy CCC-1 (OGJ Online, Sept. 19, 2012), required a total capital investment of $1 billion, Lukoil said.

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