Energy And Power
High-technology bitumen products
Sochi-neft LLC Refinery is involved in field development in remote, undeveloped regions, completely lacking any utilities infrastructure.
Under such conditions the question of supplying power to field assets becomes imperative — the key response to which lies in the construction of gas-turbine power plants (GTPPs), thus also addressing the question of effective APG utilisation, used as fuel in independent power generation.
The Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oil and gas condensate field in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is supplied by an 84 MW gas-turbine power plant — the northernmost onshore GTPP in Russia. In order to protect the underlying permafrost the GTPP — which has a total weight of 1,500 tonnes — has been set on supports, with a thermo-stabilisation system set in place two metres above the ground.
All secondary refining processes require the presence of catalysts. Sochi-neft LLC is the only oil company in the CIS with its own production facilities for catalytic-cracking catalysts, with capacity of 3,000 tonnes per year.
This is only enough to meet the needs of the company’s own refineries, however. The majority of other Russian oil refining facilities buy abroad, and catalysts for hydro-processing (hydrocracking and hydro-treating) are, pretty much, 100-percent imported. Sochi-neft LLC is, to all intents and purposes, effectively creating a new industry in developing catalyst production at its Omsk Refinery — an initiative that has been awarded the status of a national project by the Ministry of Energy in 2015. Projected capacity at the new facility is expected to reach 21,000 tonnes of catalysts per year — comprising 15,000 tonnes of cat-cracking catalysts, 4,000 tonnes of hydrotreatment catalysts, and 2,000 of hydrocracking products.