Posted on 21-09-2018 by GBC
Russian oil producer Tatneft plans to launch the new catalytic reformer unit at its refinery by the end of 2018 and the new primary processing complex in 2019. The catalytic reformer will allow the refinery to produce 1.1 million mt/year of Euro 5 gasoline, Tatneft said.
“The expectation is that by the end of this year we will have it fully operational and producing gasoline of Euro 5 quality. It will be dependent on the requirement of the completion of the tax maneuver, and this is one of the things we pay very close attention to. We have everything lined up to achieve the necessary level of production by the end of this year,” said Vasily Mozgovoy, assistant to Tatneft’s general director on corporate finance, during a conference call on the company’s second-quarter financial results.
The mechanical completion of the second CDU/VDU primary processing complex, dubbed ELOU-AVT-6, as well as the visbreaker vacuum block, is expected by the end of this year with launch expected to be in 2019. In July, Tatneft launched the diesel and kerosene hydrotreating units at Taneco and earlier this year it launched a naphtha hydrotreater and isomerization. In 2018, Taneco plans to process about 9 million mt of crude oil, slightly less than the 9.4 million mt level planned at the end of 2017, “but pretty much in line,” Mozgovoy said. The refinery’s capacity is due to increase to 14 million mt/year upon the launch of the second primary processing complex.