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Protecting the Atmosphere

Reducing pollutant emissions is one of the primary environmental objectives in Gazprom Neft’s operations. The Company implements a range of measures that aim to comply with the established standards and reduce specific emissions of pollutants from stationary and mobile sources.

Gazprom Neft oil refineries are implementing a large-scale modernisation and reconstruction programme that includes projects to mitigate the negative environmental impact. In 2015, the Moscow Oil Refinery began preparations for the reconstruction of the catalytic cracking unit, which will increase the unit’s annual production capacity and reduce sulphur content in petrol and hydrotreated vacuum gasoil. The refinery has been producing fifth emission standard motor fuel (Euro-5) since 2013.

The Omsk Oil Refinery also fully transitioned to producing high-octane Euro-5 petrol in 2015 as a result of the modernisation of its catalytic cracking unit. The refinery also launched a closed-cycle water unit for the catalytic cracking units and a hydrogen compression unit that has capacity of 6,900 m3 per hour. The water unit significantly reduces hydrocarbon emissions to the atmosphere. Emissions are expected to decrease 28% following the completion of the modernisation programmes at the refinery in 2020.

Share of Company’s business in total pollutant emissions in 2015, %
Source: Company data
Gross air pollutant emissions, thousand tonnes
Source: Company data
The environmental conditions surrounding the refinery have improved. Gazprom Neft is employing the latest technologies. Today, the programme that is being implemented at the Moscow Oil Refinery is the most progressive one that we have seen from an environmental standpoint.
Elmurod Rasulmukhamedov Deputy Chairman of the Central Council of the All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation
Structure of gross air pollutant emissions by the Company’s businesses in 2015, thousand tonnes
Indicators Oil exploration and production Offshore projects Oil refining Logistics and sales
Hydrocarbons (without VOCs) 53.5 0.3 0.3 1.7
Carbon monoxide (CO) 140.5 2.8 0.2 0.2
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 7.3 2.5 0.4 0.3
Sulphur dioxide (SO2) 94.2 0.4 0.7 0.7
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 57.1 0.5 4.7 10.3
Solids 13.1 0.6 0.04 0.01
Other gaseous and liquid substances 0.2 0.7 0.04 0.06
Structure of gross air pollutant emissions, thousand tonnes
Indicators 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Hydrocarbons (without VOCs) 64.2 120.7 79.1 57.6 55.8
Carbon monoxide (CO) 196.0 411.6 177.1 125.9 143.7
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 10.2 11.0 9.5 13.2 10.5
Sulphur dioxide (SO2) 20.5 21.9 30.2 46.8 96.0
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 59.4 91.5 91.1 91.5 72.6
Solids 22.3 55.2 20.9 13.5 13.8
Other gaseous and liquid substances 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 1.0