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New oil refining installation at Lukoil’s Volgograd facility

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Russian independent oil company Lukoil has launched a new primary oil refining installation at the company's Volgograd refinery. Vagit Alekperov, President of OAO Lukoil, Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Kirill Molodsov, Deputy Energy Minister of Russia, and Andrei Bocharov, Governor of the Volgograd region, took part in the ceremonial launch of the new installation (ELOU AVT-1) on 25 June.

ELOU AVT-1 is the largest installation among those active at the Volgograd refinery, with a capacity of 6 million tpy of oil. Unlike other atmospheric vacuum pipe heaters, ELOU AVT-1 is equipped with stabilising equipment and secondary distillation of gasoline sectors, which allow for immediate obtainment of LPG and high octane gasoline components. The unit has a modern control system and fully complies with Russian safety legislation.

"The construction of the new installation was carried out in accordance with the programme of modernisation of OAO "Lukoil’s refining capacities,” said Alekperov. “The installation was put into operation as part of the large scale programme of modernisation of refining capacities that is being implemented by the company. The launch of ELOU AVT-1 will increase the efficiency of oil refining and the capacity of the Volgograd refinery to 14.5 million tpy of oil."

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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