Bashneft Starts Pilot Operations of a New Catalytic Cracking Gasoline Hydrotreater

June 10, 2014

Today, Bashneft started pilot operations of a catalytic cracking gasoline hydrotreater at its Bashneft-UNPZ Branch.

The catalytic cracking gasoline hydrotreater is the latest large-scale project to be implemented as part of Bashneft's upgrade programme at the Ufa refining complex. The project is aimed at ensuring compliance with the requirements of Russian technical regulations for fuel quality. The launch of the hydrotreater will enable the Company to transition fully to production ultra-low sulphur gasoline meeting Euro 5 emission standards, with sulphur content totalling less than 10 ppm (0.001%).
The catalytic cracking gasoline hydrotreater (CCGH) at the Bashneft-UNPZ Branch was constructed under a licence of CD TECH, a U.S. company. This is the first licensed unit in Russia that employs the catalytic distillation technology using catalyst modules. Its throughput amounts to 3,500 thousand tonnes per day (1.3 million tonnes per year). Products manufactured at the CCGH are used for producing high-octane gasoline meeting Euro 5 emission standards in accordance with Russian technical regulations.

The Bashgiproneftekhim institute was the general designer of the unit. OJSC VNZM (Vostokneftezavodmontazh) was hired as general contractor to construct the CCGH. Over 20 contractors and more than 600 specialists were involved in its construction. Equipment and materials were provided by companies from Bashkortostan and other regions of Russia, as well as manufacturers from France, Spain, the USA and Ukraine.

Construction of the hydrotreater started in 2012 and was completed in December 2013. Investments in the project exceeded RUB 5 billion.

Source: Bashneft