Lukoil wraps unit revamp at Perm refinery

PJSC Lukoil has completed a project designed to expand production of Euro 5-quality diesel at subsidiary OOO Permnefteorgsintez’s 13.1 million-tpy Perm refinery in Russia’s North Urals region, on the north bank of the Kama River.

Reconstruction of equipment in the hydrodearomatization (HDA) section of the refinery’s hydrocracking unit to enable hydrodewaxing was completed and the HDA block commissioned as of Oct. 6, Lukoil said.

Alongside increasing the refinery’s yield of Euro 5-quality diesel by 70,000 tpy, the $50-million revamp of the HDA block also will allow the Perm manufacturing site to produce winter-grade diesel fuels without the use of additives, according to a June 2013 presentation from Vasily Anisimov, general director of Permnefteorgsintez.

The project comes as one of many under Lukoil’s strategy to fulfill its commitments under a July 2011 quadripartite agreement on modernization of Russia’s oil processing industry between oil companies; the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation; the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological, and Nuclear Supervision (Rostechnadzor); and the Federal Agency for Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart) to reequip and upgrade oil processing capacities at the country’s refineries (OGJ Online, June 1, 2016).

In addition to a series of projects at its other Russian refineries, Lukoil last year commissioned a new oil residue processing complex at the Perm refinery (OGJ Online, June 25, 2015), the company confirmed in its 2015 annual report.

The $950-million complex included construction of a 2.1 million-tpy delayed coking unit, a 1.5 million-tpy diesel hydrotreater, and a 29,000-tpy hydrogen production unit, Anisimov said.

The $25.5-million revamp of a separate diesel hydrotreating unit at the Perm refinery to further boost production of Euro 5-quality remains under way, Lukoil said in its latest publication of annual operational statistics.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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