This year, the product packaging line has been completely automated. The 1-, 4- and 5-liter cans are blown on the spot by Bekum machines, larger volumes are filled into packaging provided by third parties. In three years, packaging capacity has doubled, partly owing to the integration of an additional filling line, on which packaged goods are automatically wrapped. Ultimately, a ready-for-shipment pallet is delivered to the warehouse storing 9.8 thousand tons of finished products.
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For the purpose of production of engine oil the plant stores 1,000 tons of base oil, 2,500 tons of bulk additives and 800,000 tons of additives in cans. Additives can be blended automatically and semi-automatically, the latter mode being used to prepare smaller batches of premium lubricants. The additives produced by global leaders such as Lubrizol, Afton Chemical and Infineum are used in production at the Omsk facility. Currently, Group I base oil (mineral) is produced here, while Group II (semi-synthetic) and Group III (synthetic) base oils are delivered by foreign suppliers from the United States and producers in Europe and Asia. In the next stage of the plant’s development Gazpromneft-Lubricants plans to launch its own production of Group II and III base oils, which haven’t been produced in Russia yet. According to schedule, the plant should launch production of these new types of highly-refined lubricants in 2018.
Gazpromneft-Lubricants has five production plants. It produces base oil at the Yaroslavl-based Slavneft YaNOS plant, while blending and packaging capacities are installed at OZSM in Omsk, the Moscow Lubricants Plant (MZSM) in Fryazino and at Gazprom Neft’s two foreign lubricants plants, NIS Petrol Lubricants in Novi Sad, Serbia, and Gazprom Lubricants Italia in Bari. According to Gazpromneft-Lubricants general director Alexander Trukhan, the company intends to launch production of highly-refined base oils at its other plants, too. In Yaroslavl, production of 100,000 tons per year of Group III base oils is scheduled to start in 2016, while output of 180,000 tons annually of Group II and II+ base oils by Serbia’s NIS should commence in 2017. By 2025, Gazpromneft-Lubricants plants to increase the total volume of produced lubricants to 633,000 tons.
The growth in output of synthetic and semi-synthetic base oils used in production of engine oil is a global trend. To follow that trend, by 2025 Gazpromneft-Lubricants intends to increase the share of synthetic products up to 30 percent. However, it will not abandon production of the simplest mineral base oils, since these products still generate demand in agriculture, metallurgy, railway shipping, and allow the company to remain competitive in these sectors thanks to the low price of the product. Meanwhile, lubricants formulas change in accordance with requirements in relevant rules, as do change domestically produced additives that are part of these oils.
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Today, Gazpromneft-Lubricants produces oil for gasoline and diesel engines of passenger cars and trucks, gear and hydraulic oil, industrial oil, specialty products and coolants under Gazprom Neft and G-Energy brands, as well as