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Lukoil commissions PENEX isomerisation unit

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Lukoil recently held a commissioning ceremony for the PENEX isomerisation unit at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery in Russia.

The unit will allow low temperature isomerisation to be applied to light naphtha in order to produce high-octane blending fuel.

The complex's annual feed rate amounts to 800 000 t. The isomerisation unit includes an NK-85oC hydrotreatment system, a naphtha splitter, a deisopentaniser column, etc. Cumulative investment in the project amounted to 12 billion roubles. Commissioning of the PENEX unit will enable the refinery to produce high-octane blending component for motor petrol and increase annual production of commercial petrol by 400 000 t.

Lukoil has also announced the completion of the construction of a petroleum residue recycling facility at the refinery.

The launch of the facility should allow annual fuel oil output at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery to descrease by 2.6 million t, while increasing annual Euro-5 diesel fuel output by 0.7 million t. The refinery yield will thus increase to 97%, with light products yield reaching 74%. Implementation of the project will lower Lukoil Group's total fuel oil output to less than 4% and increase light products yield to 75%.

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