Gazprom Neft’s Moscow refinery boosts output of Euro 5 fuels

JSC Gazprom Neft-MNPZ, a subsidiary of Russia’s PJSC Gazprom Neft, St. Petersburg, has increased production of Euro 5-compliant fuels at its 12.15 million-tonne/year refinery in Moscow.

Production of Euro 5 gasoline at the Moscow refinery during 2015 was up by 19.9% from 2014 to average 2.6 million tpy, with the refinery’s overall crude oil throughputs for 2015 rising 2.2% compared with the previous year to 11 million tpy, Gazprom Neft said.

The refinery’s output of aviation kerosine in 2015 rose to 644,200 tpy, which was a 2.25% increase compared with production during 2014, the company said.

Overall production of light petroleum products at Moscow in 2015 accounted for 56.2% of the refinery’s total production slate for a gain of 2.5 percentage points from an overall light product production slate of 53.7% in 2014.

In line with the key aims of a quadripartite agreement the company signed in July 2011 with Russia’s Federal Agency for Technical Regulation & Metrology, Federal Antimonopoly Service, and Federal Service for Ecological, Technological & Nuclear Supervision, for the increase of light petroleum yields from its refineries (OGJ Online, Dec. 3, 2014), Gazprom Neft said during 2015 it also reduced the Moscow refinery’s output of bitumens and heavy oils (mazut), as well as discontinued entirely its production of petroleum asphalt (tar).

In addition to starting construction on the long-planned upgrade of a combined oil refinery unit (CORU) at Moscow (OGJ Online, July 23, 2015), Gazprom Neft also completed both installation of an additive input unit and second-phase reconstruction of a demineralization and crude vacuum distillation unit (CDU-VDU-3) at the refinery, the company said.

Construction that began in 2015 on a water treatment plant for sulfur-alkaline waste and process condensate as part of the refinery’s ongoing modernization and upgrade at Moscow (OGJ Online, Oct. 30, 2015) remains under way, with the plant still on schedule to be commissioned in 2017, according to a Dec. 25, 2015, release from Gazprom Neft.

Now in the second stage of its planned two-phased overhaul, the Moscow modernization program, once completed, will expand overall crude oil processing capacity at the refinery to 18.15 million tpy by 2020.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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