President of Russia Vladimir Putin has launched the new “Euro+” complex at the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery, via video link. Alexander Novak, Minister for Energy, Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, and Alexander Dyukov, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, were all present at the launch.
Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation said:
"This launch marks the completion of a crucially important major project. Bearing in mind that this is the industry’s largest such plant in the region, we can safely say that the country’s leading equipment manufacturers, research institutes and construction companies have all been involved in implementing a major project — and one that is very much needed in the Moscow region. I’d like to thank everyone for their professionalism and, of course, for the team spirit that has developed over the course of this work. Russian technologies and equipment have led to the creation of a highly automated, genuinely cutting-edge facility, packed with digital technologies and solutions.
"I should stress that, with the commissioning of the Euro+ complex, 80% of the Moscow Refinery will now have been modernised. And, in this case, not only have production and other facilities been built and upgraded — new, modern treatment facilities have also been constructed, and regular air-quality monitoring has been put in place. All of which is setting game-changing environmental standards, and improving people’s quality of life.
“The overriding priority, for both the government, and the region, is to create an environment in which industrial projects like this can be more actively promoted, throughout the country — being both interesting and profitable for business and investors, and leading to the creation of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs for engineers, production staff, and other specialists. In which context, we should be talking about extensive modernisation and capacity-building across our entire industrial base — in import-substitution projects, and in creating efficient production facilities in both traditional and new and promising industries. The Moscow Refinery, and the solutions utilised in modernising it, are a good example here.”
The Euro+ facility is the key project in the Moscow Refinery’s modernisation programme. Gazprom Neft’s investments in building the complex stand at RUB98 billion. Commissioning the Euro+ facility will allow the Moscow Refinery to increase production of highly marketable gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as production of aviation kerosene.
The commissioning of this facility will be immediately followed by the decommissioning of five obsolete previous-generation installations at the Moscow Refinery. Thanks to the cutting-edge solutions utilised at the Euro+ complex the plant will see a significant reduction in its environmental impacts, as well as moving to an entirely new level in its use of digital technologies. Fifteen-thousand digital receivers throughout the Euro+ complex collect and transmit data to the Moscow Refinery’s “smart” production control system, in real time — meaning all necessary production control parameters can be controlled remotely, and the safe operation of all equipment monitored.