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NIS starts construction of DCC at Pancevo Refinery

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Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) has started construction of a new deep conversion complex (DCC) involving delayed coking technology at its Pancevo Refinery in Serbia. NIS is 56% owned by Gazprom Neft.

The construction project was officially launched by the President of Serbia, Alexander Vucic, and Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Gazprom Neft.

The project is a key part of the second phase of a major programme that Gazprom Neft has been executing since 2009 to modernise the refining capacity at NIS. Total investment in this new project exceeds €300 million, making it the largest investment project in Serbia. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

With capacity of 2000 tpd, commissioning the facility will allow conversion rate to reach 99.2%. The refinery’s production of high quality diesel fuel will increase by more than 38%.

As part of this project, NIS will commence production of petroleum coke. Once the complex becomes operational, the refinery will cease the production of high sulfur fuel oil (mazut).

Alexander Dyukov said: “The commissioning of this production complex at the Pancevo oil refinery will make it possible to achieve a record conversion rate of more than 99%. By introducing cutting-edge technological solutions, Gazprom Neft is striving to bring the group’s refineries up to the highest standards globally in terms of conversion rate, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Modernising the oil refining complex is a key strategic objective for us, on the successful implementation of which the overall efficiency of our business largely depends. Under the unstable conditions of today’s energy market, this is becoming a key factor in competitiveness.”

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