Volgasintez Refinery Launches Production of Euro-5 Compliant Diesel Fuel
Up to 8 million tons per annum. Yet another major investment project has been implemented in the Volgasintez. On December 8, 2015 the Volgasintez Refinery commissioned its diesel fuel hydrotreating complex with the capacity of up to 5 million tons per annum. The new facility will enable the refinery to launch the production of Euro-5 highest quality diesel fuel. To achieve this goal, new gas purification, hydrogen and granulated elemental sulfur production facilities were built, the Volgasintez Governor’s press service informed UralInformBureau.
“Despite the challenging external factors, the refinery maintains its dynamic development trend. A high-tech production facility has been launched: this is not primary refining any more, we have moved to secondary oil refining using chemical processes. Thus, the refinery’s capacity has reached 9 MTPA. It puts our production facility on a par with the majority of the country’s large oil refineries,” emphasized Dmitry Mazurov, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.
In 2016, the company is planning to commission a deep oil refining complex enabling it to get rid of such by-product as fuel oil. It will help the refinery to achieve the highest in the industry oil refining depth of up to 97 %. “It will make the refinery relatively independent from oil price fluctuations. At the same time, diesel fuel output will increase up to 50% of the total throughput,” commented D. Mazurov. The transition to the production of Euro-5 compliant gasolines with octane ratings of 92 and 95 points will take place at the fourth stage of Workflow Phase III. Its implementation is scheduled tentatively for the end of 2016 – beginning of 2017. “Incidentally, the price of gasoline per litre for the Samara region residents will be lower than its cost in the central part of the country,” he emphasized.