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Gazprom Neft Board Reviews R&D Activities

Gasoil News - Published on Wed, 04 Dec 2019

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The Gazprom Neft Board of Directors has reviewed the main outcomes and key priority areas in the company’s R&D activities in oil refining. One outcome of Gazprom Neft’s catalyst-production R&D programme has been a range of unique oil refining catalysts for producing high-tech motor fuels being brought into production. Gazprom Neft’s high-efficiency cat-cracking catalysts have been shown to outperform imported alternatives. An oligomerization catalyst developed by the company has been successfully put into operation at its Moscow Refinery, increasing the oligomerizate (an automotive fuel component) yield by 30 percent, and increasing catalyst regeneration runs 2.5-fold. The company has also introduced an innovative technology for reactivating diesel fuel hydrotreatment catalysts, with 100-percent regeneration of spent diesel-fuel hydrotreatment catalysts being confirmed at the Omsk Refinery.

Gazprom Neft’s strategic objective to 2030 is to become the benchmark in safety, efficiency and technological advancement for other companies worldwide. The company’s strategy outlines key performance indicators in oil refining, achieving which will allow the company to further consolidate its position as one of the industry’s technological leaders. Such KPIs include achieving a conversion rate of at least 95 percent, a light product yield of at least 80 percent, and a market share in the Russian catalysts market of 70 percent. To that end the company is implementing an oil-refining R&D programme focussed on two key areas: developing catalyst production technologies; and developing technologies in refining and petrochemicals.

Gazprom Neft currently holds 115 patents for developments in oil refining, petrochemicals and catalyst production, 45 of which are already in production, with the remaining solutions being prepared for commercial implementation.

Work on creating and developing such technologies is being undertaken in partnership with leading scientific organisations in Russia, including the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (a member of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), the Boreskov Institute’s New Federal Research Centre, the St Petersburg State Institute of Technology, Samara Polytech, and others.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Wed, 04 Dec 2019
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