Results of 2015: The Omsk Oil Refinery began implementing the “Aluminium Oxide-Based Crude Deep Conversion Catalysts” project. The project aims to provide the Russian oil refining industry with modern catalytic cracking catalysts and hydrogenation processes that are used in the production of the highest environmental friendly standard Euro-5.
Production facilities for cracking and hydrogenation process catalysts are to be built as part of the project at the Omsk Oil Refinery. R&D for the catalytic cracking catalysts is being performed jointly with the Institute of Hydrocarbon Processing Problems of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The hydrogenation process catalysts are being developed in a partnership with the Boreskov Catalysis Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The first Russian-made diesel-based hydrotreatment catalyst was developed as part of a general cooperation agreement with the Boreskov Catalysis Institute concluded in April 2015. Following the completion of industrial testing, the catalyst is to be introduced at the Company’s oil refining enterprises.
Gazprom Neft is currently the only oil and gas company in the CIS that has its own catalytic cracking catalysts. The Company and the Boreskov Catalysis Institute jointly take part in a Federal Target Programme for the development of hydroprocessing catalysts as part of alternative substitution programmes. The work will result in new brands of domestic hydrocracking catalysts, hydrotreatment and new types of zeolites (the basis for the production of catalyst components).
HYDROTREATMENT AND HYDROCRACKING
The widespread use of catalytic hydrotreatment and hydrocracking processes in modern oil refining is driven by the growing environmental requirements for the quality of petroleum products manufactured by refineries. Motor fuel-based hydrotreatment technology is used to remove sulphur and nitrogen compounds, which ultimately reduces the environmental impact of road transport. The hydrocracking process makes it possible to obtain a wide range of high-quality motor fuels, including from raw materials that had previously been used solely for the production of dark petroleum products.