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Today, SKI-3 synthetic rubber production plant celebrates its anniversary. Exactly 50 years ago, at 3:15 am on October 8th, 1970, the first rubber bale of this grade was obtained at the SK Plant, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The "Firstborn" was delivered by the shift "A" team under the leadership of Valery Shamsutdinov and the crew of the Anderson-1 unit headed by Aleksandr Tsyganenko.
An important historical event was preceded by a huge work undertaken at the plant, which was named SKI-3 No. 1 at that time and which was one of the first divisions of Nizhnekamsk Petrochemical Enterprise. Its milestones were signed by people who came to Nizhnyaya Kama in 1969-70s from related enterprises of Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Ufa, Efremov. The plant became a creative workshop for them, where they fully demonstrated their knowledge, perseverance, resourcefulness and other positive qualities in achieving the assigned tasks. The difficult task of assembling, debugging and starting up the most complicated imported equipment became the object of their responsibility. Maintenance technicians, operators, foremen, mechanics were fully stretched to realize the outlined objective - to obtain a Nizhnekamsk rubber.
Plant production capacities were reached twice as fast as the normative time limits and in March 1974 isoprene rubber was endorsed with the State Quality Mark.
The second line of isoprene rubber was launched at the new SKI-3 No.2 production facility on October 5, 1978. The millionth ton of SKI rubber was produced in August 1979 and in October 1984 the plant reached its two millionth product yield. To date, the produced volume of SKI rubber exceeds 11 million tons.
The uniqueness of the properties of SKI rubber, produced by PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, is in the low content of gel fraction, high homogeneity and stereoregularity of macromolecules.
SKI rubber is used in manufacturing tires for trucks, cars and agricultural machinery, as well as in the production of general rubber products.
Currently, the SK plant is one of the largest divisions of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The structure of the plant includes production of SKI-3, SKDN, SKDL, DSSK rubbers, as well as a number of heat and cold producing facilities, organoaluminium compounds and low-tonnage chemistry facilities - 15 separate productions in total.
On October 7th students of the Nizhnekamsk Polytechnical College named after Evgeny Korolev visited the biological treatment facilities (BTF) at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The excursion was organized for students, specializing in "Water disposal and wastewater treatment". Earlier, BTF was visited by college teachers.
Employees of biological treatment facilities told the guests about the large-scale reconstruction conducted in two stages and described all stages of wastewater treatment. Here, the whole process takes place under conditions of complete tightness. The use of a pool for collecting a trapped product is intended for capturing of oil products from effluents and the use of closed-type aeration tanks allows to blow off and catch unpleasant chemical odors released during the wastewater treatment process. Activated sludge, or special bacteria, improve the efficiency of wastewater treatment from organic compounds and oil products.
- Nizhnekamskneftekhim contributes a lot to the preservation of the environment. Industrial tests on the third stage of BTF modernization will be started soon. The new filters’ cleaning modes will be tested. This is a completely new technology that has not yet been used here, - said Mikhail Romanov, Head of the Department for .Water Supply, Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim won the "Best Risk Management in Russia - 2020" competition in the nomination "Innovative Insurance Program of the Year". The work “Insurance coverage program for the construction of an ethylene processing unit of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim as part of the Company's risk management system” was submitted for the competition.
The awards ceremony took place in Moscow at the XVII International Professional Forum "RISK MANAGEMENT - NEW CHALLENGES" organized by the Risk Management Association "Russian Risk Management Society.The award of the competition "Best Risk Management in Russia - 2020" was presented to Boris Averyanov, Deputy General Director for Investments, Corporate Governance and Property Management of
Renata Asylgareeva, a laboratory assistant for chemical analysis of the Technical Control Department (TCD), PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, took part in the celebration in honor of the winners and prize-winners of the finals of the National Championship "Young Professionals" WorldSkills Russia-2020. A gala reception on this occasion was held in the Kazan Kremlin on October 2nd. The best of the best in their skills from different parts of the republic came here. The total number of participants exceeded 150.
An employee of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Renata Asylgareeva, received a well-deserved award - a diploma for the honorable third place and a medal in the competence "Laboratory chemical analysis" from the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan - Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan - Albert Karimov.
The President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov expressed congratulations to all the participants on the final day of the championship. He noted that the victory achieved was the result of the hard work and numerous trainings. The head of the republic addressed special words of gratitude to experts, trainers and teachers, as well as heads of educational institutions for their work.
Maria Ilyina, an expert-trainer, the leading specialist of the NKNH TCD assisted in preparing for contests held at regional and Russia level.
This year more than 2,800 participants from all over the country, as well as from 26 countries of the world, took part in the finals of WorldSkills Russia. Competitions were held in 129 skills.
This year, due to the unfavorable situation associated with the spread of coronavirus infection, celebrations dedicated to the Day of the Elderly were held another way. Mass events were replaced by home visits to veterans, greeting cards and the corresponding money gifts had been sent to the pensioners. The activists of the veteran organization were invited to a meeting with the management of the enterprise. The meeting was held in a warm and heartfelt atmosphere.
General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim Airat Safin, Deputy General Director for Personnel and Social Affairs Rodion Bulashov, Assistant General Director for Work with Municipal Bodies Elvira Dolotkazina came to congratulate the veterans.
Addressing the honorary petrochemists, the head of the company underlined their significant contribution to the formation and development of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Company. Airat Safin also thanked the veterans for many years of conscientious work for the betterment of the company, wished them good health, active longevity and prosperity.
The veterans intercommunicated, shared memories of their labor foretime and took interest in the state of things at the enterprise.
Today, on October 1st , the 6th grade students of the 35th lyceum in Nizhnekamsk visited the PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim ethylene complex (EP-600) under construction. Before the excursion, they received a mandatory safety training. Everybody was handed out medical masks and gloves to prevent a coronavirus infection.
The meeting with the new industrial facility began in the plant's management building. Here, Lenar Nagimullin, the Director of EP-600 complex, demonstrated the students the miniature of the future facility for production of ethylene and its derivatives. It is an important project for both the company and country, republic and city because it will increase tax payments to all budget levels, which means that it will give a new impulse to develop the city's infrastructure and the well-being of its citizens.
Project implementation works kicked off in February, 2019. Nowadays the construction of the project is in its active phase. The students went up to the observation deck to get familiarised with the course of works. There they were told that 34 pieces of the column equipment, manufactured and delivered by water from the South Korea, had been already assembled. The first 17 columns were erected using a unique crane with a lifting capacity of 1,600 tons. Assembling of one of the pyrolysis furnaces and steam boilers is scheduled for October. Moreover, another two cargo ships which will deliver 58 pieces of equipment for the future EP-600 complex will arrive later this month. Lenar Nagimullin, the Director of EP-600 complex, also told the students about modern technologies to be used at the new production in the field of hydrocarbon processing, which will ensure the reliability, safety, environmental friendliness and efficiency of the project. The waste water generated during the technological process will be treated at local treatment facilities and returned to the process, thus minimizing the impact on the environment and reducing the consumption of clarified river water from the Kama river. It is planned to install a modern flare system at the facility.
During the excursion, students asked a lot of questions. In particular they were interested to know for what purpose ethylene is used, what is a pyrolysis furnace, where one should study to become a petrochemist.
Another excursion for the 9th grade students of school No. 37 will take place in the near future. Its purpose is to familiarize the public with the progress in construction of the EP-600 ethylene complex, as well as to provide personnel for the new production.
Airat Safin, the General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, was handed over a Letter of Thanks by the Republican Fund for the Revival of Historical and Cultural Monuments of the Republic of Tatarstan for his contribution to the restoration of historical monuments.
This year the Foundation has celebrated its 10th anniversary. During this time, the Company was one of the most active and loyal benefactors, providing a constant financial support. Over the past 10 years, significant historical tasks have been solved in the Republic of Tatarstan: the restoration of the ancient city of Bolgar and the island-city of Sviyazhsk, the construction of the Bolgarian Islamic Academy and the reconstruction of the Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. Large-scale changes, which took place on their territory, changed the fate of ancient cities and their inhabitants. Churches and mosques, temples and mausoleums have been restored, excavations have been carried out, and infrastructure has been created. Today these sites have become centers of attraction for thousands of tourists and pilgrims.
For this, a tremendous credit goes to PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. Occupying a leading position in the petrochemical market, the Company invests significant funds not only in the development of its production facilities, but also to preserve the historical heritage of Tatarstan. The Company does a lot in its hometown - Nizhnekamsk. Not a single social, charity event or major project in the city of petrochemists takes place without the participation of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
What technologies are used at the PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim EP-600 ethylene plant under construction? What specialties will be in demand at the new plant? This was not the only topic discussed at the meeting of the company's specialists and graduate students, which took place at the GAPOU “College of Petrochemistry and Oil Refining named after Nikolai Lemaev "on September 29th. Andrey Yegorov, the chief engineer of the EP-600 plant under construction, spoke to the audience. He described the need for the construction of this complex and its features in detail.
The implementation of the project for the construction of a new plant for ethylene and its derivatives production with a design capacity of 600 thousand tons per year is an important investment step in the development strategy of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim for the next years. This will assist in strengthening the company's status as a major player in the Russian and CIS market, increase the production of target products - rubbers and plastics.
It is planned to annually refine 1,798,500 tons of raw materials (naphtha). 600,000 tons of ethylene a year, 272,800 tons of propylene, 88,000 tons of butadiene and 245,600 tons of benzene will be produced at this production unit.
Works on the project implementation kicked off in February 2019.Currently, the construction of the complex is in its active phase. It is planned to install one of the pyrolysis furnaces, as well as steam boilers in October.
A new production will need a skilled staff. Thus, a significant number of operators and operators of pumping and compressor units will be required for the start-up and subsequent operation of the plant.
The chief engineer of the EP-600 complex, Andrey Yegorov, suggested the students to consider the plant as their future place of work, and also told what kind of knowledge will be needed to get this job. The main requirements for candidates are: knowledge of the operation and principles of equipment operation (pyrolysis furnaces, heat- exchangers, column equipment, compressors, etc.), understanding of process schemes, production technology and the ability to easily master a new equipment and technology.
In their turn, the students were interested in the level of wages, social guarantees, career prospects. The chief engineer of the plant assured the young people that all doors would be open for them.
On September 25, the last, 33 meters high column, weighing 40 tons, intended for divinyl production unit of the new ethylene complex, was lifted and installed at the new EP-600 construction site, PJSC NIzhnekamskneftekhim. It is expected to produce up to 89 thousand tons of divinyl per year, the main raw material required for the production of synthetic rubbers, when the production unit will be put into operation.
Besides, other products such as ethylene, propylene and benzene will be also produced at the new EP-600.
The new complex is being constructed according to the latest innovations in the field of hydrocarbon processing, which will ensure reliability, safety and efficiency of production. The entire technological unit is designed using advanced technologies and will not have a harmful effect on the environment. Own local treatment facilities will allow to reduce the consumption of river water from the Kama river, which will be beneficial to the environment.
The installation of a large-capacity and large-size equipment is planned to be completed by the end of 2020. In total, about 18 items of column equipment remain to be installed at the EP-600 facility.
On August 27, training exercises among non-professional emergency response teams of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim took place at training area of GSO-3 (Gas Rescue Squad). Fourteen (14) teams from different plants, centers, divisions along with general-purpose shops participated therein.
The aim of exercises is to evaluate the readiness of personnel to emergency response, to work performance in conventional smoke zone for search of the injured person and first aid provision.
One of the first task for team's participants was to remove and install the blind on gas piping. This had to be done not only quickest possible, but also correctly. Any wrong action, for example, non-use of gauntlets or gloves, as well as entering a gas-polluted area unmasked, threatened the teams with time penalty.
Sequence and correctness of actions of emergency response group were taken into consideration when doing drills on the injured release from vessel (drum), search and removal the injured from gas-polluted area. Последовательность и правильность действий спасателей учитывалась и при выполнении упражнений по извлечению пострадавшего из аппарата (ёмкости), поиску и выносу пострадавшего из загазованной зоны.
Based on the drills results, the team of Styrene and Polyether Resin Plant got the highest grade. SR Plant honored with the second award, Water and Sewage Lines and Waste Water Treatment Division – got the third prize.