Gazprom Neft is expanding its production and sale of IMO 2020-compliant marine fuels – the company’s Omsk Refinery having been producing a new 0.5% low-sulfur fuel since January 2020.
The transition to producing low-sulfur marine fuel has been made possible thanks to the ongoing development programme at the refinery, under implementation since 2008. 3.5 km of pipelines to transport marine-fuel components to the mixing and shipment facility were installed at the refinery in preparation for production of this new offering. On-stream analysers installed at the mixing facility monitor product quality, in real time.
Sales of marine fuels are undertaken by Gazpromneft-Marine Bunker, operator of the Gazprom Neft bunkering business. The first consignment of this new fuel was undertaken onboard the Italian Ice Point tanker by a Gazpromneft-Omsk bunkering vessel.
Anatoly Cherner, Gazprom Neft’s Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales (Downstream), commented: “Gazprom Neft is gradually implementing a comprehensive, integrated programme on the technological development of its refineries, targeted at increasing the production of ultra-environmentally-friendly oil products, and increasing refining depth. Modernisation projects mean the company can respond to changes in the market quickly, respond to industry challenges successfully, and increase efficiency, throughout the entire value chain. Implementing the refinery modernisation programme and improving Gazprom Neft’s bunkering and logistics infrastructure means we can supply our clients with environmentally-friendly marine fuels meeting the latest international standards.”
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