The Syzran Refinery (part of Rosneft’s oil refining unit) has transferred technological units for hydrogen production, catalytic reforming, diesel fuel hydrotreatment, and vacuum gas oil hydrotreatment to the use of catalysts manufactured by Rosneft, the press service of the oil company reports.
This project was developed by the All-Russian Research Institute for Oil Refining (JSC VNII NP), which is also part of the Rosneft perimeter.
As part of the corporate program for import substitution at 8 process units of the plant, imported catalysts and protective layers were replaced with catalysts from the Angarsk Catalyst Plant, the Novokuibyshevsk Catalyst Plant, and RN-Kat.
As the press service notes, Rosneft pays special attention to the development of modern technical solutions and the introduction of innovations in all areas of activity to increase competitiveness. Rosneft is one of the market leaders in the production of catalysts.
Since the beginning of the year, the Syzran refinery has loaded more than 30 tons of catalysts manufactured by Rosneft enterprises. The company’s catalysts are not inferior to the world’s best analogs, and in some respects surpass them, says the press service of the oil company.
Industrial tests of the vacuum gas oil hydrotreatment catalyst manufactured by RN-Kat LLC were carried out by the company at the Syzran Refinery. The proprietary catalyst for vacuum gas oil hydrotreatment demonstrated activity at the level of the world’s best samples. The low initial operating temperature ensured a longer inter-regeneration cycle compared to previously used imported catalysts.
As Alexander Romanov, Vice-President of Rosneft Oil Company for Oil Refining and Petrochemistry noted, the company’s current program of innovative development is aimed at replacing imported technologies in the production of high-quality petroleum products.
“One of our main tasks is the transition of plants to the use of catalysts of our own production, which allows us to avoid the risks of dependence on foreign products. This is a strategic issue of ensuring the technological sustainability of the work of not only Rosneft but also the Russian oil refining sector as a whole,” Romanov said, words cited by the press service.
Protective layer catalysts make it possible to remove mechanical impurities and heavy metals from raw materials, thereby increasing the service life of catalysts in the main technological processes that ensure the production of end products with high environmental characteristics.