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OilMARKET 02 / 2020
TOPIC OF THE ISSUE
Peer of the digital agePeer of the digital age
Vladimir Nikolaevich Kostyukov, genius Russian engineer and scientist, would have turned 70
Acontemporaneous with the era of industrial automation, as an engineer, he passed an amazing way and was far ahead of his time! so wisely he managed to focus on the opportunities life offered to him, and so scrupulously used the experience of those developments that he had been doing since his student days! Today, solutions he developed save on average $150mn/year at most refineries and petrochemical plants in Russia, and new refineries outside of Russia get added to the list!
EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
Unmanned technologies in the ArcticUnmanned technologies in the Arctic
On the 23 of April 2020 unmanned trucks have undergone successful testing at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field in the Gydan Peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YNAO). This joint Gazprom Neft-Kamaz project has been implemented under the challenging natural and climatic conditions of the Arctic, with the support of the Government of the YNAO.
EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
Samotlorneftegaz: associated petroleum
gas utilization exceeded 98%Samotlorneftegaz: associated petroleum gas utilization exceeded 98%
Samotlorneftegaz in 2019 increased the level of rational use of associated petroleum gas to 98.4%, the report said. Experts say that this is one of the highest indicators in the industry. Compared to the previous year, the growth was 1.4%, and the company's specialists intend to continue working to increase the efficiency of associated gas, which in the future will not only increase the efficiency of gas communications, but also reduce the environmental impact.
REFINING
Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC): New horizons in COTC, and refinery and petrochemicalsEuro Petroleum Consultants (EPC): New horizons in COTC, and refinery and petrochemicals
Refinery and petrochemicals integration has been occupying hearts and minds of global industry managers for some time now and still there is a substantial potential for this process to develop further, comment Ekaterina Kalinenko and Stefan Chapman
The main reason for the change is the shift in demand for fuels and chemicals. Annual refined products growth up to 2030 is expected to be 0.6% before flattening and then slowly starting to decrease. This is mostly due to environmental policies that encourage use of other alternative products as energy and fuels. The future for petrochemical products, on the other hand, looks very promising thanks to growing quality of life and emerging new materials derived from polymers/plastics, etc.
REFINING
TANECO launched two new production unitsTANECO launched two new production units
On the 17 of April 2020 TANECO launched two new production units hydrotreatment of heavy coking gas oil and extractive distillation with sulfolane. A new gas oil hydrotreatment unit was capable of producing modern ecologically friendly fuel that would comply with the requirements of MARPOL-2020 international convention for the prevention of pollution from vessels, and perform preparation of raw materials for the production of the motor fuel for vehicles with Euro-6 engines.
COMPANIES
How much are the second-hand road tanks?How much are the second-hand road tanks?
Ukrainian fuel market operators (as well as other shippers OM), willing to save money, are buying autocisterns from the EU with a very substantial mileage.
It turned out that more than half of autotankers imported into Ukraine are over 15 years old. However, the costs of customs clearance and autotanks maintenance can double its cost. As a result, an autotank with a mileage of about 1mn km costs the operator only a few thousand euros cheaper than new similar cistern of Ukrainian origin!
WIND POWER
SwedenSweden's first wooden wind turbine up and spinning
Sweden has completed and launched its first wooden wind turbine tower made from sustainably sourced materials. The wooden power tower allegedly offers comparable performance to traditional wind turbines. It's hoped the tower will provide cheaper and greener solutions for renewable energy in the country. Following TimberTower's world's first wooden wind turbine in Hanover, Germany, the new wooden wind tower in Sweden was developed by Modvion, a Swedish engineering firm. There are many benefits to this new wooden design compared with typical steel wind towers; it's cheaper and lighter. Steel towers have thick bases, which make them expensive to manufacture and transport, as loadsize rules on public roads often make it difficult.
TECHNOLOGY
BMW invests in technology to pull gasoline out of the airBMW invests in technology to pull gasoline out of the air
BMW i Ventures, BMW's hybrid venture firm,announced in June it is investing in Prometheus Fuels. The Silicon Valley startup is working on technologies for pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere and processing it into carbon-neutral gasoline. The investment will help the company as it prepares for retail launch as early as late 2020. Launched in 2019 by Rob McGinnis, a Yale Engineering PhD and startup veteran, Prometheus Fuels is refining processes and technologies for capturing CO2 from the air and processing it into gasoline, diesel and jet fuels that work with existing vehicles.
TECHNOLOGY
MacroFuels scientists create biofuel using seaweedMacroFuels scientists create biofuel using seaweed
Ateam from Aarhus, Denmark has recently finished up research on a MacroFuels Project called Driving on Seaweed to test the efficiency of using seaweed to produce biofuel, by converting the sugars from seaweed into fuel. Jaap Van Hal, Chemist and Innovation Manager at biorefinery TNO, and MaroFuel Project Scientific Coordinator: First we take seaweed. and then we use water to get the sugars out with some enzymes or acids. then you get a sugar solution, and just like you produce wine or beer, you ferment it to ethanol or butanol, and you blend that with normal gasoline or diesel to produce e10 and then you drive your car on it.
02 / 2020