Lukoil Starts Penex Isomerisation Unit at Nizhny Novgorod Refinery
Commissioning of PENEX isomerisation unit at the LUKOIL’s Nizhny Novgorod refinery took place in the city of Kstovo. The unit will allow applying low temperature isomerisation to light naphtha in order to produce high-octane blending fuel. The complex's annual feed rate amounts to 800 thousand tonnes. The isomerisation unit includes an NK-850C hydro treatment system, a naphtha splitter, a deisopentanizer column etc. Cumulative investment in the project amounted to 12 billion roubles. Commissioning of the PENEX unit will enable the refinery to produce high-octane blending component for motor petrol and increase annual production of commercial petrol by 400 thousand tonnes.
Another major investment project, construction of a Petroleum Residue Recycling Facility, at the refinery has reached its completion. The launch of the facility should allow to decrease annual fuel oil output at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery by 2.6 million tonnes and increase annual Euro-5 diesel fuel output by 0.7 million tonnes. The refinery yield will thus increase to 97%, with light products yield reaching 74%. Implementation of the project will lower LUKOIL Group's total fuel oil output to less than 4% and increase light products yield to 75%.