LUKOIL Starts Production of Polymer Bitumen Binders at Nizhny
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Mr Yury Borisov, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Gleb Nikitin and President of PJSC LUKOIL Vagit commissioned a polymer-bitumen binders production unit at LUKOIL's Nizhny Novgorod refinery. The commissioning took place in the city of Kstovo in Nizhny Novgorod region. By launching this unit, LUKOIL takes another step towards improving Russian motorways and implementing federal programs aimed at the development of the road construction industry. The new production unit withannual output of over 150 thousand tonnes will allow to expand LUKOIL's bitumen products range by introducing modern modified products and innovative polymer-bitumen binders. A significant increase in roadway pavement lifetime will be achieved by applying these products, as well as the unique technology of manufacturing rubber asphalt concretes with addition of crumb rubber produced from recycled auto tyres.
Commissioning of the facility is another stage in the development of the bitumen cluster of the Nizhny Novgorod refinery. Over the last few years, the refinery saw opening of a bitumen products loading terminal and a research center.