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In December 2019 a one-stage butane dehydrogenation (OSBD) production unit of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim Butyl Rubber Plant celebrates its 45th anniversary. During this period, divinyl and butane-butylene fractions were produced in the volume of more than 2.7 million tons each. For a company, a one-stage butane dehydrogenation production unit is an important source of raw materials that manufactures the main products necessary for the production of SKDN, SKDL and BR.
A one-stage butane dehydrogenation production unit is a unique large-capacity facility with certain process features. The unit consist of two workshops – one-stage butane dehydrogenation production unit -2 and one-stage butane dehydrogenation production unit -10, producing up to 320 tonnes of divinyl per day – the biggest volume of divinyl against other PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim production plants.
As part of major overhaul in 2019, a large-scale equipment replacement was carried out at a one-stage butane dehydrogenation production unit. A 108 ton reactor was replaced at the workshop No. 1319, OSBD-2. As well, lining of all eight reactors was completely replaced, which made it possible to protect their surfaces from thermal damage, reduce heat loss to the atmosphere, and increase the service life of the reactors. Some process equipment was retrofitted, including steam turbines and compressors; furnace coils and recovery boiler tubes were replaced, the catalyst was reloaded on eight dehydrogenation reactors at the OSBD-2 workshop.
Plant employees also implement environmental and energy conservation measures, work on improving technologies and equipment. Compared with the design values, the volume of substances burned in a flare unit has been significantly reduced.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim completed the retrofitting of control centres at the Production Directorate and the Chief Power Engineer Division.
Established in 1970, the company's master control center constantly improved its functions. Modern means of communication and control were introduced here with the construction and start-up of new production facilities and plants, including a production monitoring system (video wall).
In order to create an operation control station capable of performing new tasks, it was equipped with the most up-to-date facilities for communications and control of production processes. To monitor the effluents, an interactive map was developed to see the quality of wastewater online and take operational measures if necessary.
Particular attention was paid to improving the production monitoring system: video screens (video walls) were installed that allow online monitoring of production processes in the company’s divisions. For this purpose, the company's specialists developed the software necessary for the stable and synchronous operation of a large number of different programs.
Following the work done, the operations controllers of Nizhnekamskneftekhim got the opportunity to view the video walls of the production units. In the round-the-clock mode, they monitor the movement of feedstock flows, finished products, information on shipment and a lot more. Moreover, mnemonic diagrams of the ethylene plant process units were created and optimised for the upgraded production monitoring system. Similar work is now being carried out at other company’s plants.
During the modernization process, the area of the premises was increased, new equipment for operational dispatch communication was purchased and installed, and the air conditioning system was replaced.
This modernization made it possible to improve the condition of employees' workplaces, increase the information content of existing production monitoring systems, that will undoubtedly increase the efficiency of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim master control centers.
35 employees of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim had the honor of winning state awards. Awards presentation took place on December 2, the celebration was timed to the 90th anniversary of N.V. Lemaev, the first General Director of the petrochemical enterprise. Azat Bikmurzin, the General Director, rewarded the best petrochemists.
- We decided to present state awards in a new format and this will become a good tradition. I appreciate many years of your diligent work for the benefit of our company. I wish you good health and further achievements in your work and life!
Among those awarded are managers and workers, engineers and specialists. “Your work is aimed at further development of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, increase in output of high-quality, competitive products in order to further improve the living standards of petrochemists and their families, ” stated the Head of the Company said in his speech.
5 employees of the Company were awarded the honorary title “Honored Chemist of the RT”, 3 - “Honored Power Engineer of the RT”, 1 - with the medal “For Valiant Labor”. 15 specialists were awarded with diplomas and thanks of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. The best petrochemists were also noted with letters of gratitude from the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Republic of Tatarstan, and letters of commendation from the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tatarstan.
On November 26, a short-term scheduled shutdown was performed at ethylene production facility of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, due to which a smoky flaring of petrochemical products’ residues might be possible. This is a compulsory measure connected with preparation of equipment for auditing, which purpose is to ensure a further stable operation of the production unit.Flare Plume Monitoring was organized for the period of production unit shutdown which resulted in smoky combustion.
In November, the leading international publication GC Powerlist Legal500: Russia 2019 presented a list of the best lawyers and legal advisers in Russia. Aidar Sultanov, the head of the legal department of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, is among them. Therethrough, The Legal500 highly appraised the activities of the head of the legal department aimed at improving the regulatory environment and the quality of the Russian judicial system as a whole.
The Legal500 annually conducts legal market research since 1987 in more than 100 countries around the world. Assessments and recommendations of the directory are based on independent research and surveys of law firms, as well as a survey of their clients and representatives of competing firms. A comprehensive study is carried out within several months.
Over 6 years the lawyers of Nizhnekamskneftekhim had been rewarded by this prestige rating agency. The lawyers of the Company had been continually recognized as winners in the contest "The Best Legal Departments of Russia".
A professional skill contest for the title "The Best in Profession" among the young plant operators of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (TAIF Group of Companies) was held today at the Nizhnekamsk College of Petrochemicals and Oil Refining. The event was timed to the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the first General Director of the chemical plant N.V. Lemaev. 11 employees of the Company and 3 college students took part in the competition.
The contest was divided into 2 stages - theoretical and practical. One of the first tasks was to answer a set of questions connected with a safety culture, employee manual descriptions and operation principles of the main equipment.
The contestants demonstrated their practical knowledge on a special mini-unit. They had to start-up and shut down a process column. While contestants performed their task, the jury took into account the sequence of the process and time spent. Besides, participants demonstrated their knowledge in the field of medicine, i.e. in providing first aid. A psychological testing was also performed. A "Business game" used to analyze the competence of the contestants finalized the competition.
According to the results of the competition Denis Minderov, Ethylene plant, became the winner, a silver medal went to Anton Aldarev, Butyl Rubber Plant (BK), and Albert Valeev, Oligomers and Glycols Plant (O&G), won the honorary bronze.
The laboratory for monitoring the biological treatment facilities (BTFs) at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim has been recognized as the best testing laboratory in Tatarstan. Following the results of the contest Best Goods and Services of the Republic of Tatarstan 2019, it has been awarded the winner's diploma in the nomination Best Testing Laboratory.
The jury evaluated the results of the laboratory work for the last 3 years based on 12 criteria.
Such indicators as introduction of new test methods, modern measuring instruments and test equipment, quality testing, the issuance of results in accordance with regulatory documents and measurement methods aimed at meeting the requirements of the consumer have been taken into account. Another important indicator to be taken into account was the participation in interlaboratory comparative tests.
The main objective of the laboratory is to monitor the quality of incoming wastewaters to the BTF and their treatment at all stages. Wastewaters undergo chemical and microbiological tests. Lab personnel also examines a groundwater, natural and drinking water at the laboratory and controls the operating efficiency of new biofilters installed within the frame of BTF reconstruction.
High quality testing is guaranteed by A certificate of accreditation in the National Accreditation System (Rosaccreditation). In 2015, the laboratory received a certificate of successful accreditation in the National Accreditation System (Rosaccreditation). In 2016 and 2018 - a procedure to confirm its competence for compliance with the accreditation criteria.
The laboratory has a license to work with the genetically engineered microorganisms of III-IV groups of pathogenicity (hazard) and the pathogens of infectious diseases of humans and animals.
In its nomination, the BTF laboratory at Nizhnekamskneftekhim won a landslide victory, which indicates a high level of professionalism of employees of the Engineering Supervision Board. According to employees, they did not doubt the results of the competition. According to the above listed indicators, the BTF laboratory of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim was recognized as the best in its nomination, the achieved result is the evidence of the effectiveness of the quality management system and the high level of professionalism of employees of the Engineering Supervision Board.
Renata Asylgareeva, an employee of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, a chemistry lab technician of workshop No. 3601, won the first place in the regional Young Professionals Championship (Worldskills Russia). The next stage of the competition was held at the Nizhnekamsk College of Petrochemistry and Oil Refining named after N.V. Lemaev on November 11- 16. Renata Asylgareeva competed in “Laboratory chemical analysis” skills competition in the age category up to 22 years. A total of 7 young representatives from Nizhnekamsk, Bugulma, Yelabuga, and Kazan fought for the winner’s title. During the first two days of the competition, the participants and experts studied the equipment and learnt techniques for determining the composition of substances.
The days of competition appeared to be filled with the most tense moments. When summing up the results, the jury considered time devoted to the assignment, quality of its performance, and safety precautions.
The expert at the competition was Maria Ilyina, the leading employee of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Workshop No. 3601. Thanks to the fruitful and well-coordinated work of the expert and the participant in the process of preparing for the competition, Renata showed the best results gaining 548 points and gained the lead.
The victory of a Nizhnekamskneftekhim employee at the regional championship stage became a stepping stone to the finals of the National Championship, which will be held in 2020 in Kemerovo Region.
The team of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim was awarded the first place at the VII annual open republican creativity festival of working youth "Beznen Zaman". The super finals of the television project, which was held in Kazan from November 13 to 16, were attended by the winners of the qualifying rounds – number of participants totalled 750 people from 81 organizations.
The final performances lasted several days. On the first day of the festival participants performed in the nomination “Business card - presentation” - “Our enterprise is the pride of my country!” and “Music”. The next day the best ones were determined in “Choreography” and “The minute of fame” nominations.
The team of Nizhnekamskneftekhim team consisting of 21 people took part in the festival.
The team members sang, danced and joked while performing on stage. As per results of the competition, petrochemists were awarded the first place in the nomination “Male Vocal Ensemble” for “The Shores of Russia” composition. The dance "At the River" performed by the company employees was also highly appraised by the jury. One more performance - the choreographic picture “Achyk Avyz”- was also declared to be the best. A successful performance of our team in the nomination “Visiting card” was also added to the “pot” of victories. As a result, the team of petrochemists took the first team place and was awarded diplomas and memorable prizes. Participants were supported by their colleagues, who arrived in Kazan by two buses.
In total, representatives of 174 enterprises, organizations and institutions of the republic submitted applications for participation in the VII Republican festival “Beznen Zaman”. This time, the competition was dedicated to the Year of vocational professions and caused an unprecedented interest in the project. In addition, this format of the youth creative movement exists only in Tatarstan. This fact was stated by RT President Rustam Minnikhanov in his speech to the participants and spectators of the celebration.
- “There has always been a tendency in our Republic to improve the status of the working professions, so holding of such creative festivals as “Our Time is Beznen Zaman” greatly contributes to this task. When you unite and prepare such colorful performances, it means that you are one team, both in production and on stage. We will continue to support this format. We are proud of you. You are the golden fund of our republic, our future, ” said the President of Tatarstan.