Innovation in the Field of Oil Refining and Petrochemical Industry

Innovations in oil refining and petrochemistry

In 2014, the Company's refineries implemented projects to manufacture new types of products and reduce the environmental impact of production.

Development and use of proprietary refining catalyst technologies

In 2014, the Moscow Refinery switched to using the M grade cracking catalyst developed and manufactured at the Omsk Refinery, thereby replacing the imported catalyst that had been previously used. Currently, all of the catalytic cracking facilities at the Moscow and Omsk refineries use catalysts produced by Gazprom Neft.

Baseline data (from years of research in collaboration with leading scientific institutions) is being collated for the Construction of the Catalyst Production Facility at Omsk Refinery feasibility study. The planned production facility is capable of meeting all the Company's needs for high-performance catalysts in line with its key oil refining processes, freeing the Company from critical dependence on foreign suppliers.

As part of research and development of proprietary technologies and innovative products, the Company has designed: an oligomerization catalyst producing a higher yield of the target product (petrol component) than even the best analogues; a catalyst for hydrotreatment of petrol obtained by catalytic cracking, which is able to yield a high-octane component for Euro-5 fuel; a high-performance catalyst (hydrogenative and ring opening) for refining secondary distillates into quality diesel fuel; an isodewaxing catalyst for the production of Arctic diesel fuel; and a catalytic cracking catalyst producing a high yield of olefins (a valuable petrochemical feedstock).

In 2014, the Company obtained seven Russian Federation patents for inventions resulting from its own developments, and registered seven patent applications for inventions.

Production of polymer-modified bitumen

Gazprom Neft—Total PMB (a joint venture between Gazprom Neft and France’s Total) began production of polymer-modified bitumen under the brand name G-Way Styrelf. This is a new-generation product that has no analogues on the Russian polymer-bitumen binder market. Consumers can now purchase a polymer-modified bitumen that has none of the drawbacks that are commonly found in other Russian products: G-Way Styrelf does not flake during transport, and has properties that change very little during prolonged storage.

Cryogenic technology for producing nitrogen

Gazprom Neft's Moscow and Omsk refineries have completely switched to a cryogenic technology for producing the nitrogen used in oil refining for technological needs. This technology reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 32% at the Omsk Refinery and by 28% at the Moscow Refinery. Previously, natural gas had to be burned in order to obtain nitrogen, creating carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The new eco-friendly method separates nitrogen from the air at ultra-low temperatures. The purity of the gas is close to 100%. This makes it possible to expand the scope of its use, especially in processes which have higher requirements in terms of the quality of the gas.