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|Mozyr Refinery: catching fresh wind of opportunity|
Belarus oil refining, in the mid-1990s rather underdeveloped industrial complex particularly compared to that time facilities in the neighbouring Ukraine and Lithuania, experienced a sizable technological leapfrog over the last 15-17 years. There are two refineries currently operating in the country, 240,000b/d Mozyr and Novopolotsk 216,000b/d Naftan refineries, as well as Belarus state-owned Belorusneft 500mn m3 Rechitsa gas refinery. In 2011 the country launched the next impressively large-scale and far-flung stage of its refining development.
|Shukhrat Danbay: setting a large-scale modernization course|
The summer of 2012 proved to be rather «hot» for oil refiners in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. After the years of foot-dragging and arguments it is a high time to get down to a large-scale and in many respects crucial refineries modernization. Each country has its «pivotal» refineries: there are several such refineries in Russia, 323,000b/d Mozyr refinery in Belarus and rightfully 163,000b/d Pavlodar refinery in Kazakhstan meeting about 60% of the country's motor fuels demand. OILMARKET magazine was swift to meet Pavlodar refinery general director Dr Shukhrat Abdurashitovich Danbay heading Kazakhstan «flagship» refinery for 3 years already.
|Alexander Shakun: facts are stubborn thing|
There are few examples in the contemporary industrial history when an innovative oil refining/petchem technology developed exclusively in Russia had been implemented at the country's largest refineries operated by vertically integrated Gazprom neft, Lukoil, Russo-British TNK-BP, and Bashkortostan based Bashneft as well as found wider global application being used by the licensors abroad. Following a series of reforming facilities conversion efforts, the successful design engineering and construction of the new larger facilities utilizing light naphtha low-temperature isomerization process Isomalk-2, developed by Russia's Krasnodar-based research and production petchem company Neftehim under Alexander Shakun supervision, at Gazprom neft 566,000b/d Omsk (2010) and 359,000b/d Yaroslavl (2011) refineries was an undisputable argument reasoning its advantages. OILMARKET magazine was swift to use an opportunity to meet Alexander Nikitovich Shakun to discuss the above-mentioned competitive advantages and development outlooks of his company.
|KBR: we offer well validated applications|
Today pressure mounts on refiners in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other countries in the former Soviet Union in order to decide on raising efficiency of their operation in the times, when many units still try to catch up with the quality of motor fuels and other products they produce. OILMARKET used an opportunity to have a word with Mitra Motaghi, KBR's Technology Specialist, VCC in order to update this globally leading «Bottom of the barrel» processes developer's views on what solutions refining companies prefer today.
|Be flexible, whether you want coke or not…|
Today as never before Flexicoking technology provides sizable development advantages for the refineries in the former Soviet Union
Technologies, helping to boost refinery yields from the bottom of the barrel residues with high content of metals and high Conradson carbon rate, are currently an unprecedentedly hot issue for Russia's and CIS refiners. Global competition forces refineries in the FSU to both swiftly improve their motor fuels quality and increase their overall efficiency. Under these pressing circumstances, it is ever more crucial to take decisions, which can not only define the future profitability of the facilities, but probably be the matter of survival for many refineries.
|Leonid Sorkin: We prefer to design brains rather than bodies!|
O&G sector development in different parts of the world currently goes both through unprecedented crisis and a real boom. Those are EU oil refining downturn and the dramatic unconventional crude oil and natural gas production growth in the USA, global-reach refineries development in India and Singapore, conventional natural gas production upsurge in Australia and offshore oil production leapfrog in Brazil.
|BP in US: going north|
BP Agrees to Sell Carson Refinery and ARCO Retail Network in US Southwest to Tesoro for $2.5bn
BP announced on 13 August 2012 it has reached agreement to sell its 266,000 b/d Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets in the region to Tesoro Corporation for $2.5 bn in cash (including the estimated value of hydrocarbon inventories and subject to post-closing adjustments) as part of a previously announced plan to reshape BP's US fuels business.