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Wastewater treatment plant contract

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Bashneft of Russia has selected GE’s ZeeWeed membrane bioreactor (MBR), electrodialysis reversal (EDR) and reverse osmosis (RO) technologies for treatment of refinery wastewater from the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim oil processing complex and other enterprises in the Northern Industrial Block of Ufa. The new technology has been chosen due to strict discharge regulates and the need for treated water at the refinery.

Pilot study

GE, Bashneft and State Unitary Enterprise (part of the Institute of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry of the Republic of Bashkortostan) conducted successful pilot plant studies of the different technologies during April – July of this year. The studies demonstrated technological feasibility of refinery wastewater purification in compliance with the strict requirements of environmental legislation of the Russian Federation. GE’s technologies will be a core part of the modernisation project for a biological treatment plant (BTP) of the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim branch. To continue development of the BTP design, Bashneft awarded GE the basic engineering contract for all of the main technological equipment processes.

Contract comments

‘Bashneft focuses on protecting the environment from harmful industrial impacts. We believe that the company’s oil processing complex has to have the best wastewater treatment system,’ said Alexander Korsik, president and chairman of the management board, OJSC Oil Processing Joint-Stock Company Bashneft. ‘We see that GE’s advanced technologies’ demonstrated performance will help to solve this problem and make the water of the Belaya River cleaner, which will be beneficial for all the people of Bashortostan.’

‘GE is pleased to offer innovative technologies that will help Bashneft address its tough to treat water challenges. The performance of our technologies was proven during the pilot study earlier this year, and we look forward to continuing our support of Bashneft’s projects. We are confident GE’s role in the upgrade of Bashneft’s water treatment facilities will demonstrate a step forward in sustainable development for all of Russia’s oil industry,’ said Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO, water and process technologies for GE Power and Water.

Biological treatment plants

BTPs of the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim branch were commissioned in 1958. All industrial effluent, storm water and utility fluids from three oil refineries of Bashneft, OJSC Ufaorgsynthez, the Cherkassy pumping station, the Promoborudovanie plant and Novo-Alexandrarovka residential neighbourhood go to the BTPs after preliminary mechanical treatment. Reconstruction of the BTPs was performed in 1983.

In compliance with an agreement between the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service of the Republic of Bashkortostan and OJSC Ufaneftekhim on December 26th 2010, by December 2011 the feasibility study for BTPs modernisation was prepared. In 2012, a contract was executed for engineering the modernisation of BTPs with USE Institute of Oil and Petrochemical Refining of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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