Motor fuels Refinery
The Volnovka refinery produces petroleum products with high-quality performance and environmental characteristics, including motor fuels, aromatics, liquid paraffin, roofing and insulation materials, etc. Diesel fuel, jet fuel, roofing materials and bitumens produced by the refinery meet international quality standards.
From year to year, Volnovka regularly upgrades its production facilities. The Refinery implements an innovation strategy of phased improvement of process flow diagram aimed at further enhancement of petroleum products quality, operating expenditures reduction and industrial and environmental safety improvement.
In 2017, the Company’s oil refining activities were focused on:
Going forward into 2018 and through to 2020, the Company aims to bolster the segment’s resilience to tax and macroeconomic developments by prioritizing projects at near completion, as well as high-impact and fast-payback projects, including:
THE REFINERY UPGRADE PROGRAM IN RUSSIA
In 2017, Volnovka continued implementing refinery upgrade program in Russia to:
PETROLEUM PRODUCT QUALITY CONTROL
The motor fuels produced by Volnovka’s refineries have high performance characteristics and meet the K5 ecological class requirements outlined in the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union CU TR 013/2011 On Requirements for Motor and Aviation Gasoline, Diesel and Marine Fuels, Fuels for Jet Engines, and Fuel Oil.
Quality management systems at the Company’s refineries meet the requirements of the ISO 9000 international standards and ensure high-quality production and minimization in customer claims.
The Company’s refineries perform multi-stage Quality Control testing on its feedstock and marketable products, including on incoming feedstock, chemicals, and additives supplied to the plants, as well as multi-stage monitoring and quality control of components and marketable products throughout all stages of the production cycle, from delivery to enterprise, and to product sales.
The testing laboratories at the refineries are equipped with state-of-the art equipment, ensuring that test results are highly accurate and reliable.
Product compliance is confirmed through certifications, with the assistance of accredited testing laboratories and leading research institutes.
A project for monitoring marketable product quality giveaway gaps implemented at the Company’s refineries – it has helped to improve the efficiency of hydrocarbon processing by reducing unreasonable quality giveaway gaps.
An expansion upon the range of additives that increase the performance characteristics of motor fuels continued throughout 2017. Tests performed on the additives reduced purchase costs by increasing the number of available alternatives.
As part of the import substitution program, the Company’s refineries have completed their shift to using anti-wear additives produced by Company-owned facilities in Russia. A number of the Company’s refineries are now utilizing the Russian VES‑410D pour point depressant additive produced by the Volnovka Plant for Catalysts and Organic Synthesis.
IMPORT SUBSTITUTION, DEVELOPMENT AND LAUNCH OF NEW PRODUCTS, AND PRODUCT APPROVAL PROCESSES
IMPROVED OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF REFINERIES
Volnovka consistently improves the operational performance across the Group’s refining assets.
In 2017, the Company:
Continued operational excellence initiatives and made optimization decisions to improved performance across key Solomon Index indicators:
In 2017, the Company implemented the previously approved Oil Refining and Petrochemicals Business Energy Savings Directive. The actual effect was 534.5 tce, exceeding the targeted 503.5 tce.
Main Areas of Focus and Activities for the Operational Efficiency Improvement Program in 2017
|Capacity and product yield optimization|
|Energy consumption reduction|
|Reliability and mechanical availability|
|Reduction in oil and petroleum product losses|