Gazprom Neft has begun construction of a hydroisodewaxing complex at its Omsk lubricants plant. This complex will produce base oils for high-tech synthetic lubricants used on modern automotive equipment and industrial machinery, allowing the company to free itself completely from using imported base oils in producing premium product lines. The facility has a design capacity of 220,000 tonnes per year. Gazprom Neft’s investment in this project stands at more than RUB32 billion.
Construction of the hydroisodewaxing complex is being synchronised with the planned development of Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery. Feedstocks for production of Group II- and Group III-quality base oils will be supplied from the hydrocracking unit at the deep refining complex due to be commissioned at the Omsk Refinery in 2021. This solution integrates production of synthetic base oils into a single process chain, facilitating additional output of products in considerable demand on the market while further increasing refining depth (the “conversion factor”) at the Omsk Refinery. The new complex will further expand the premium G-Energy- and Gazpromneft synthetic lubricants product ranges, expected to increase Gazprom Neft’s market share in packaged lubricants on the Russian market to 25%.
The hydroisodewaxing complex has been designed around cutting-edge technological and environmentally-friendly solutions. Equipment for the future facility is being produced by leading Russian enterprises Volgogradneftemash (Volgograd) and Uralhimmash (Ekaterinburg). Construction works are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Gazpromneft-Lubricants is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and service fluids. Established in 2007, Gazpromneft-Lubricants has six production facilities in Russia, Italy and Serbia. The company’s clients and customers include leading industrial enterprises, with a product range including 700 branded oils and lubricants across all market sectors (more than 2,800 products in total). The company is also involved in the production and sale of marine lubricants. Gazpromneft-Lubricants has a 22% market share in packaged lubricants in Russia, as well as operating in 80 countries abroad. The company’s products have received more than 400 endorsements from major equipment manufacturers including KAMAZ, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo, Renault, General Motors, Cummins, MAN Russia, ZF, Bosch Rexroth, and others.