You are here

Foster Wheeler to FEED Gazprom refinery

09th May 2013

Foster Wheeler to provide FEED for Gazpromneft’s Moscow refinery as part of revamping plan

Foster Wheeler to FEED Gazprom refinery
The facility will be expanded up to 2020 to process an additional six million tonnes of crude oil per year and produce transportation fuels to Euro-V standards

Gazprom has awarded global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler a contract to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Combined Oil Refinery Unit (CORU) project at the OJSC Gazmpromneft Moscow refinery.

The CORU project is part of a revamping programme by the Russian oil giant to upgrade the refinery.  The facility will be expanded up to 2020 to process an additional six million tonnes of crude oil per year and produce transportation fuels to Euro-5 standards, a move which fellow oil company TNK-BP already initiated in October.

The CORU facilities are planned to include crude distillation and vacuum distillation units (CDU & VDU; a continuous catalytic reforming unit with naphtha hydrotreatment and hydrogen recovery by pressure swing adsorption; a diesel hydrotreater including a dewaxing section; a gas plant with a liquefied petroleum gases sweetening unit; and common utilities.

The FEED activities are expected to be completed in Q4 2013, while the submission of design documentation is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

Foster Wheeler was previously awarded the process design package for the facilities’ crude and vacuum distillation units and the gas plant.

 “The CORU Project is the most important investment for our Moscow refinery. Timely completion and plant start-up are vital for our company, but completion of a strong FEED is a very important first step in the realisation of this key project,” said Anatoli Moiceevich Cherner, deputy chairman of Gazpromneft’s board.

The moves toward Russian downstream modernisation come high on the heels of a new technical motor fuel quality regulation  implemented in Russia at the end of December 2012 to enforce a gradual nation-wide transition to Euro-4 and Euro-5 standard gasoline. The Euro-4 and Euro-5 are a new environmental standard aimed at producing less pollutant fuels with lower concentrations of sulphur and aromatics.

The regulation establishes that Euro-2 standard gasoline and diesel must cease from 1 January 2013, while Euro-3 will be allowed up to 31 December 2014 and Euro-4 until 31 December 2015.