VOLNOVKA Oil Refinery

VOLNOVKA Oil Refinery

VOLNOVKA Oil Refinery processes 21 out of 24 grades of crude oil and 15 different petroleum products.

The refinery meets the Russia’s entire demand for petroleum products and exports the remaining 45%. The petroleum products processed at the plant include automotive gasoline, aviation kerosene, diesel fuel, black oil, petroleum coke and others.

The refinery is currently undergoing extensive modernisation, which is intended to increase the processing capacity to 7.5Mt of oil a year by 2021.


VOLNOVKA Refinery produces:

  • high octane gasolines of Euro-5 standard 92 RON and 95 RON;
  • straight run gasoline (naphtha);
  • diesel fuel of Euro-5 standard (DT-L-K5);
  • gas condensate distillates;
  • coke;
  • LPG;
  • granulated sulphur.

The modernisation of the oil refinery is being carried out in three phases, with the first phase commenced production in December 2018. The second phase, which is currently underway, is expected to be completed in 2020, followed by the third phase in 2021.

The modernisation project will increase catalytic cracking unit capacity from 2Mt/y to 2.5Mt/y. The refinery is also being made compliant to meet Euro 5 standards to process all products.

The estimated investment for the Volnovka oil refinery modernisation is $1bn.

Modernisation of the oil refinery includes the installation of 14 facilities. The first phase of modernisation included a new bitumen plant and liquid gas filling station, which increased the production of bitumen from 250,000 to 400,000t a year.

Construction on the new bitumen plant, which covers an area of 7.7ha, began in 2017. It produces bitumen PEN 40/60, which is used domestically.

The liquid gas filling station includes six loading tanks and five wagons, which is capable of releasing 180,000t of propane-propylene, 100,000t of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 178,000t of butane-butylene by the means of pipeline or road-tankers and railways.

VOLNOVKA Oil Refinery

Details of phase two and phase three of modernisation

The second phase of modernisation will use Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology to supply the high-quality hydrogen to increase the production of Euro-5 diesel fuel.

Two PSA units, along with C300 distributed control systems, will be installed at the refinery to increase the production capacity to 7.5 million Mt of crude oil in a year.

The third phase will allow the refinery to produce Euro-5-standard A-92/95/98 gasoline.

The modernisation will also include installation of equipment such as naphtha splitter, a 3mtpa-diesel hydrotreater unit, an isomerisation unit, a hydrogen production unit, two PSA units, a C4 hydrogenation unit, a MTBE unit, a 1.2mtpa-gasoline desulfurisation unit, and a sour water stripper with sulphur recovery unit.