Crude Oil Refinery

Crude Oil Refinery

Taneco Refining and Petrochemical Plants Complex

The TANECO Refining and Petrochemical Plants Complex is a strategic investment project of PJSC TATNEFT.

The concept of the Refining and Petrochemical Plants Complex is based on the following principles:

  • processing of the Tatarstan oil close to the site of its production;
  • replacement of crude oil exports with the sale of high-quality oil products in the domestic and foreign markets, which corresponds to the strategic objective of Russia;
  • improving the environment situation through production of cleaner fuels and compliance with stringent emissions requirements in the design of the Complex’s facilities;
  • application of advanced proven world technologies;
  • integration of refineries and petrochemical plants within a single complex.

PJSC TATNEFT implements construction of the Refining and Petrochemical Plants Complex in Nizhnekamsk in accordance with basic provisions of the Energy Strategy of Russia and the General Plan for the Russian Oil Sector Development until 2020 and the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation to increase oil refining in the country; the program of petrochemical complexes development in the Republic of Tatarstan and the Security Council decision of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The relevance of the Project for solving the industry challenges and the created synergistic effect on the economy of the country allowed the Company receiving federal support in 2006. In the framework of public-private partnership, the Russian Investment Fund financed the design and construction of the external transport infrastructure: oil pipeline, product line and railway infrastructure facilities.

The TANECO project is implemented on a phase-by-phase basis under the conditions of integrated engineering design, deliveries and construction with advanced commissioning of start-up facilities. The primary crude oil processing plant with the design capacity of 7 million tonnes per year was put into operation in December 2011. The plant started yielding the following products: straight-run gasoline, technical kerosene, domestic heating fuel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), low-viscosity marine fuel, vacuum gas oil, visbreaker naphtha, visbreaker bottoms, fuel oil, granulated sulfur and straight-run kerosene distillation cut.

Following comprehensive testing of equipment, March 2014 witnessed commissioning into commercial operation of one of the key sections at the TANECO refinery complex: a combined hydrocracking installation. A new impetus to the development of the complex was launching in commercial operation of the second stage of hydrocracking installation with the participation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 2, 2014: production of base oils with the capacity of 186 thousand tonnes per year. The Complex already yielded pilot batches of the IInd and the IIIrd group base oils. Therefore, PJSC TATNEFT outpaced most of its competitors, who were only planning to launch their own production of high-index base oils in the coming years. This product is used in the production of premium oils - synthetic and semi-synthetic oils for customers in the private and industrial sectors.

In 2015, the TANECO Complex started production of new types of petroleum products: the oils lubricants compound, hydrotreated fuel oil, winter diesel fuel and arctic aviation fuel of TS-1, PT and Jet-A grades. The unique for Russia production works of base oils was put into commercial operation. The refinery oil conversion ratio amounted to 74.4% as of the beginning of 2016 with the yield of light oil products amounting to 71.87%.

The total volume of processed petroleum raw materials amounted to 9.2 million tonnes in 2015, including 8.6 million tonnes of crude oil. The TANECO Complex ranks No. one among refineries of the Russian Federation by the loading capacity and it is the seventh largest producer of oil products in Russia (3% of total amount produced).

Highly Competitive Products

The TANECO produced Euro 5 diesel fuel has no analogues in Russia by a number of indicators. The fuel was included in the list of 100 best goods of Russia 2015 based on the results of the All-Russian contest.

The diesel fuel produced at the refinery has quality exceeding figures of competitors, such as sulfur content less than 3 ppm, which is significantly lower than the Euro-5 threshold value (max 10 ppm).

Output of Petroleum Products in 2015 (tons)

 Product Description  2015
 TANECO Complex 
 Total volume of crude oil refining  9,157,000
 Output of core products: 
 Straight-run gasoline  1,826,518
 Vacuum gas oil  150,134
 Commercial Mazut/visbreaker tar 2,250,429
 Sulfur 59,420
 Yield Of Light Petroleum Products (%) 71.87
 Refinery Yield (%) 74.4

Output of Petroleum Products by NGDU Yelkhovneft Refinery in 2015 (‘000T)

 Product Description 2015
 Total output of main products,including:  172,395
 Diesel fuel  79,008
 Gasoline 73,567
 Sulfur  420

Gas processing facilities

In 2015, the collection of associated petroleum gas amounted to 899.5 million m3, which was 15.9 million m3 more than in 2014. The utilization coefficient of associated petroleum gas amounted to 95.17%. The volume of associated petroleum gas supply to the gas refinery amounted to 814.6 million m3 in 2015, which was 19.6 million m3 more than in 2014.

Processing of NGL of UKPN (oil treatment plants) totaled 285 thousand tonnes in 2015.