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New equipment – tanks for storing finished products - will be installed at Metoxpolyethylene Glycols production facility. The production of metoxpolyethylene glycols at Oligomer and Glycol Plant of Nizhnekamskneftekhim was started in 2019. The products became widely used in pharmaceutical industry, coating and metalworking industries, where MPEG is used as a binder.
Workshop No. 6711 of the Oligomers and Glycol Plant is involved in the process of MPEG production. Finished products are stored in the adjacent workshop No. 6712. For this purpose, five vertical tanks are installed here. In connection with the expansion of the brand assortment of produced MPEGs, it was decided to increase the number of storage tanks up to eight.Nizhnekamskneftekhim is currently working on installation of new equipment. The MPEG storage facility will be equipped with a pumping unit for circulation and pumping the product to the tank car loading and receiving rack. The installation of a new product storage facility as well as commissioning operations are scheduled to be completed by the end of August.
Today the cargo vessel "Oksky-56" delivered process equipment for the grassroots EP-600 Complex at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The valuable cargo - a decoking air compressor package unit - arrived at the industrial port "TransKama". The injection compressor was manufactured in South Korea and sent to Russia by sea through the Indian Ocean on a special barge.
The package unit includes two compressors. One of them is designed to supply plant and instrument air to the process workshops within EP-600 Complex. The other compressor is used to supply compressed air to the coils of pyrolysis furnaces for decoking. The equipment will be installed in the water treatment shop No.7209 of EP-600 Complex.
The compressor unit will be the last lot of equipment delivered by water transport. The delivery of the main part of large-sized equipment, in particular, 17 process columns for EP-600, was carried out in the navigation period of 2020 - from April to October. The cargo delivery will now continue by land transport.
Currently, more than 2,500 employees of Gemont LLC and more than 150 units of construction equipment have been mobilized at the construction site.
Eighty nine thousand cubic meters of reinforced concrete structures were manufactured, more than 16,700 tons of steel structures were assembled. Three hundred and thirteen units of equipment have been installed on the foundation; work has begun on the installation of pumping and compressor equipment
At a joint meeting of Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Council of the Russian Union of Chemists, held in June, a whole range of issues was discussed related to the polymer industry in Russia. Among those issues were urgent problems and high-quality development of production facilities, processing of plastics and polymers, extended responsibility of manufacturers of polymer products, effective recycling models applicable in the industry, promising materials, technologies and others.
The main subject of the discussion was the task of improving competitiveness and profitability of domestic enterprises. More than 100 experts of the polymer industry, representing enterprises of the real sector of the economy engaged in the production of polymer raw materials, finished products from it and the processing of plastics and polymers, as well as public and industry organizations, leading research institutes and specialized universities, analytical centers of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and the Ministry of Energy of Russia took part in the work of the Commission.
Addressing the audience, President of the Russian Union of Chemists Viktor Ivanov highlighted the need for consolidated actions by all representatives of the polymer industry in terms of development, production and processing of polymers.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and PJSC SIBUR expressed their point of view on polymer production in Russia. They consider the key tasks to be the expansion of the brand assortment of products, joint research activities, as well as the development of new products instead of raw material offers.
According to Anas Zakirov, Head of System Solutions Promotion Division of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, in order to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of production facilities, the Company has begun assessing its own capabilities for the production of small- and medium-tonnage chemistry products. In addition, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, as reported, plans increasing the production of polypropylene and polystyrene by 2.5 times in 2024. Thus, the total volume of plastics production will reach more than 1.4 million tons.
The main obstacles to the implementation of the company's goals in domestic and international markets were also noted, including a system of restrictive measures (carbon regulation, reform of fuel subsidies, trade liberalization in environmental goods), which is formed by European countries under the guise of achieving environmental goals, and artificial administrative barriers for the development of plastics processing facilities created within Russia under the guise of bans on the production of hard-to-recycle plastics.
The audience was greatly interested in the report of Mikhail Katsevman - Chairman of the Board of the Union of Plastics Processors, Director for Science and Development of Scientific Industrial Enterprise Polyplastic. According to the expert estimates, there are currently about 9,600 companies involved in the processing of plastics in Russia. More than 200 thousand employees work in these enterprises. In times of crisis, small business suffers most of all, and it is represented in the structure of polymer processing by small and ultra-small companies, the total number of which is 7,900, and the volume of production is 20% of the market.
According to the expert, the market way of doing business in Russia today is quite unstable and can be effective only thanks to a diversified regulatory base, which is almost non-existent in the field of polymers in Russia today. Due to the serious dependence on imports, the processing industry is subject to all fluctuations in the international economy and is not protected either by internal laws or by the competencies of specialists. With a steady growth in the production of raw materials, which is advancing at a faster pace and leads to a surplus of polymers within the country, today domestic processors have a shortage of raw materials for processing. A special circumstance to be considered by state institutions in their analysis should be the fact that annually Russia exports products from polymer raw materials worth $ 1 billion, and purchases finished products from plastics and polymers worth $ 4 billion.
Valery Petrosyan, Professor Emeritus of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, reminded the audience about the extended responsibility of manufacturers of polymer products.
Another topic for discussion was the issue of bioethanol production in Russia. President of the Russian Union of Chemists Viktor Ivanov, who was supported by all the participants in the meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on the chemical industry, come forward with an initiative to develop this promising area for our country. Thus, a proposal was formed to include in the Commission's decision the necessary set of non-financial supporting measures for the launch of bioethanol production facilities.
Based on the results of the commission meeting, a draft decision of the Commission was prepared. Within two weeks, it will be finalized to incorporate all proposals of representatives of the polymer industry, and will become the basis for the industry's appeal to the Government of the Russian Federation.
Congratulations from the top officials of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, presentation of awards and a holiday concert took place on the 45th anniversary of the Ethylene Plant. The celebration in honor of the anniversary of one of the most important production facilities of the petrochemical behemoth took place on July 2. On this day, General Director Airat Safin, First Deputy General Director - Chief Engineer Irek Aglyamov, Deputy General Director, Director for Production Oleg Nesterov, Deputy Chairman of the Trade Union Organization Elena Velik came to congratulate the employees of the division on this significant event.
Addressing the audience, the Head of the Company, Airat Safin, noted that such famous personalities as the former Minister of the Oil Refining and Petrochemical Industry of the USSR Viktor Fedorov and Nikolai Lemaev, who at that time headed Nizhnekamskneftekhim, stood at the origins of the construction of the Ethylene Plant.
Despite all the difficulties of this heroic, truly legendary stage in the formation of the Plant, the builders and installers met the target date. The long-awaited event - the receipt of the first ethylene product, took place on June 21, 1976 and became the starting point in the history of the Plant.
Over the following years, the Plant continued its systematic development. Over the years, requirements to equipment have also increased. In 2018, the Plant commissioned two new SRT-VI pyrolysis furnaces. Their construction was carried out as part of the revamp and expansion program. The main advantage of the new equipment is its energy efficiency and environmental safety. Its introduction will help reduce consumption of fuel gas and reduce the emission of harmful substances into the atmosphere.
The Director of the Plant Ilgiz Yarullin, congratulating his colleagues on the holiday, stressed that thanks to the professional training and well-coordinated work of the team, in 2020 it was possible to achieve such indicators as the production of 19 million tons of ethylene and 9 million tons of propylene.As part of the anniversary celebration, dozens of workers of the Plant received letters of thanks, gratitude, certificates of honor and gifts from the management and the trade union committee of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim for many years of conscientious work. In addition, the employees were awarded with government and municipal awards.
Today, a work task meeting was held between the management of the petrochemical company and the international corporation Lummus Technology LLC at the central office of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. At the videoconference, the management of the companies, Mr. Airat Safin, General Director of the Public Joint-Stock Company and Mr. Leon de Brune, President of the Corporation, discussed the progress of projects under the contract signed in March this year.
We are talking about the provision by Lummus Technology LLC of licenses and engineering services for the production technologies as part of a new olefin complex (EP-600). These facilities include an ethylbenzene and styrene unit of 250 kta using EBOne and CLASSIC SM technologies, and an olefin metathesis unit for polymer-grade propylene capacitating to 150 kta using the Company's ethylene dimerization and olefin conversion technology of Lummus Technology LLC.
As the participants noted, the projects are being implemented according to the schedule, including the issuance of project documentation. The parties also discussed issues of further cooperation on other future projects for Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
Work task delegation from the leading Russian center for engineering, procurement, logistics and construction management, NIPIGAZ, visited PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, the construction site of a new olefin complex of 600 kta.
The construction works at the site of the new EP-600 plant of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim is in full swing – works are on installation of utilities, concrete work and the installation of steel structures, equipment and pipelines are in progress. At Gemont laydown areas, they make and paint piping spools, and then pipelines will be subsequently installed at the site. Construction of the main buildings goes on. These are hardware rooms, electrical substations and a control room. Work is in progress on mounting a flare stack and a cooling tower.
Construction and installation works have been completed for 20%. In pyrolysis furnaces, progress is more tangible - over a third of the scheduled scope of works has already been completed: not just steel structures are being assembled, but also the internal refractory lining. Preparatory work has begun for the installation of steam drums in the design position, thereafter piping hook-up will begin.
A quarter of the works on laying underground pipelines at the site of the Complex has already been completed. The contractor's staff are performing installation of equipment for the future Ethylene-600 plant.
–The new equipment arrives non-stop 24/7. We accept it, do customs clearance and receipt control, then release it for installation. In total 1000 pieces of equipment were delivered in accordance with the schedule under the project, of which 274 units were installed”, said Lenar Nagimullin, Director of the Complex under construction.
Over 600 jobs will be created at the new Complex. Engineering and technical staff have already been recruited. In the second half of this year, field staff will be recruited – process operators, machine operators, locksmiths. The main focus will be on specialists who already work at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. However, the doors are open for graduates of Nizhnekamsk educational institutions, they will be able to get a job at the EP-600 Complex after a probation at an existing ethylene production plant, and receiving primary skills.
The work task delegation of the leading Russian center for engineering, procurement, logistics and construction management NIPIGAZ got familiarized with the progress of construction work. Mr. Lenar Nagimullin, Director of EP-600 gave an excursion and spoke about the nuances of the ongoing construction and installation work and the peculiarities of the unique project implementation.
–We are single in Russia who process this type of feed, straight-run gasoline. From it we obtain ethylene, propylene, butadiene and benzene. A key feature of the Project is the location in the structure of local treatment facilities that allow treating process water and return it back to the process. The production will also include a smoke-free combustion flare stack and an incinerator for burning heavy residues. Such an arrangement of the technological process will bring significant economic benefits and minimize the harmful effect on the environmental situation, - said Lenar Hanifovich.
Guests from NIPIGAZ have already been engaged in similar projects, and they highly appreciated the arrangement of work at EP-600.
–it is an Interesting project. We did a similar project for 2 million tons in Tobolsk. Here it is 600 thousand. I think everything will work out. Global most admired companies are involved in the construction process, the contractor is Linde and the subcontractor is Gemont. The plant will be built within the declared time frame. Our research and design institute will assist with all its competencies so that the project is launched on time”, said Sergei Chekalin, Executive Director of NIPIGAZ JSC.
The work task visit of NIPIGAZ highlights the significance of the ongoing project in the structure of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. Such visits facilitate the provision of a reliable base for exchange of experience and informational partnership, strengthen the positive reputation of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
The events on this day began at four o’clock in the morning, at the time when Nazi troops invaded the territory of the USSR 80 years ago. On 22 June, in the early hours of the morning, representatives of the enterprise laid flowers at the Victory Monument. The trade union and young activists of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, veterans and members of the Neftekhimik search team under the leadership of their managers honored the memory of those who perished in the violent and most terrible war in the history of our country.
One after another, events continued with a citywide rally on Victory Square, laying flowers at the Monument and a minute of silence.
After that, representatives of the Company, trade union organization, young activists, and the council of veterans visited the city cemetery. There they laid flowers at the memorial complex where the remains of the soldiers of the 80th Tatarstan ski battalion who died during the Great Patriotic War in the battle near the city of Velikiye Luki are buried.
On the same day, the trade union leaders of the Company visited the participants of the Great Patriotic War and home front workers. Veteran, Khairullin Anas Shafigullovich, was able to personally take part in the rally at the Victory Monument, and Taziev Fauzi Bikmukhametovich received guests at home. Currently, under the special care of the enterprise are two participants in the Great Patriotic War and 81 home front workers. In honor of the memorable date, they all received food presents.
On the Day of Remembrance and Mourn, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, together with the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, arranged a historical reconstruction of the battle the "Border is remembering". For several hours, residents of Nizhnekamsk and guests of the city plunged into the atmosphere of the times of the Great Patriotic War.
The events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the violent war ended with the "Candle of Memory" action. At nine o'clock in the evening, representatives of the enterprise, in tribute to the memory of all the victims, lit candles at the Victory Monument
A significant event took place at Nizhnekamskneftekhim - the first firing of the first gas turbine unit. This event is one of the key events during the commissioning of the CCGT-PP.
495 MW CCGT- PP is one of the moonshot projects of the Company. The thermal power plant is intended for disposal of the derivative products of petroleum by-gases from blow-offs of Nizhnekamskneftekhim production facilities and the simultaneous generation of electricity to supply power to the production needs of the Сompany. The use of our own power will reduce the cost of utilities purchase, which will have a positive effect on the cost of the company's finished products.
- On June 11, the first firing of the gas turbine unit No. 1 took place at CCGT- PP reaching the turbine rotor speed of 1000 rpm. This was preceded by a lot of work - hydrotesting and water flushing of waste-heat boilers, chemical flushing of boilers, hydraulic and pneumatic tests of pipelines of various systems, as well as verification of process control systems were carried out, - said Almaz Mukhametzyanov, Director of the Directorate of CCGT-PP under construction at Nizhnekamskneftekhim .
The first firing of a gas turbine unit is an important stage in commissioning. To prepare for the start-up of the gas turbine units, there were performed flushing and putting into operation of the water treatment plant, the main cooling system as a part of the cooling tower and the circulation pumping station, the closed cooling system of the gaseous fuel preparation plant with filling the cooling circuit of the booster compressor station equipment with demineralized water. A stock of raw water has been built up. Start up of the water treatment plant allows providing a stock of demineralized water in two tanks, 1000 m3 each, which will be used in the GTU cooling circuit.
General Contractor ensured the readiness for the first firing of GTU No. 1 by successive start up of cooling systems, oil supply, natural gas supply, fire extinguishing systems, security and other auxiliary systems.
- In the near future we plan to fire up the second gas turbine unit. The gas turbine and compressor equipment are currently being adjusted. Following obtaining permits from Rostechnadzor to supply voltage to the facilities of the Electric Power Distribution Scheme, work will begin to synchronize the generation equipment of the CCGT-PP with the electric grid for further stages of commissioning, - explained Almaz Mukhametzyanov, Director of the Directorate of the CCGT-PP under construction at Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
Currently, the recruitment of personnel is underway, 92 specialists in total will be hired, about 80% of the shift personnel has already been staffed. The dismantling works of the rotational camp and the improvement of the adjacent territory has begun.
Hall of military fame of the "Neftekhimik" search group, which took part in the V All-Russian competition of museum and exhibition activities of the search groups of Russia, took first place in the "Best guide" category.
The contest, organized at the initiative of the All-Russian movement in perpetuating the memory of those perished in the defense of the Fatherland "Search Movement of Russia", started in April 2021 and was held in two stages. 153 museums of search groups claimed the title of the best. At the first stage, it was necessary to submit applications and competition materials to the organizing committee from April 1 to April 30. At the second stage, which took place from May 1 to June 30, these applications and competitive materials were considered, the winners were determined
The competition was held in four nominated categories. In three of them, the Hall of military fame of the "Neftekhimik" search group entered with its competition materials.
So, in the category "Search Museum", the sсouts told about the activities of the museum, providing a package of relevant documents and photos.
The history of the discovery of the Order of the "Red Star", which belonged to Vasily Pershin, the tank commander, and was found during one of the search expeditions was presented in the nominated category "Museum of one exhibit".
In the nomination "Best Guide" the squad presented a video tour of the Hall of military fame, for which it was awarded the first place.
The Hall of military fame was opened in June 2020. The repository of unique finds was created on the initiative of Olga Lantsova, the team leader and with the support of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. Vacant buildings were arranged for the museum, in which redesign and major repairs were carried out. Now there are halls dedicated to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, with a military exposition, as well as an educational hall for scouts.
Most of the exhibits presented in the museum are genuine unique items that were found by the sсouts of “Neftekhimik” searching group during search expeditions at the sites of fierce battles.
Also, the members of the group are doing a lot of patriotic work - they conduct excursions for students of educational institutions, representatives of public organizations and everyone wishing, tell them about the search movement and little-known historical facts of the Great Patriotic War.
On June 4, 2021, under the leadership of Ruslan Shigabutdinov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, General Director of JSC TAIF, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the company was held.
The Board of Directors considered the Provision on the innovation management system of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, as well as the Report on the implementation of investment projects specified in the Business Plan of the Strategic Development Program of Nizhnekamskneftekhim until 2025.
By the decision of the Board of Directors, it was agreed that the General Director and members of the Management Board of the Company can combine jobs in the management bodies of other organizations; the main areas of the company's activities control were distributed among the members of the Board of Directors of Nizhnekamskneftekhim and responsible managers from the executive bodies of Nizhnekamskneftekhim were assigned for 2021-2022, the Work Plan of the Board of Directors for 2021-2022 and the Work Plans of the Committees of the Board of Directors for 2021-2022 were approved.
Also, the Board of Directors approved the V environmental program of the Company for 2021-2025, which is a follow-up of the previously completed IV environmental program for 2014-2020.
As part of the new V environmental program of the Company within the framework of increasing the environmental efficiency of production, it is planned to develop existing and build new environmental facilities, reduce waste generation, emissions and discharges, and improve the quality of treated wastewater.