Production of catalysts
Novokuibyshevsk Catalysers Plant
In 2019, the Novokuibyshevsk Catalysers Plant launched Russia’s first-ever advanced pilot testing facility for hydrotreating catalysts. The new facility is aimed at testing technologies to manufacture new catalysts designed by Rosneft’s and Russian R&D providers with a view to ramping up large-scale production. Using the pilot facility’s equipment, the plant can test both specific production stages and the complete production cycle of alumina-based catalysts. In 2020, the facility produced its first commercial batch of diesel fuel isodewaxing catalysts developed by RN-TsIR. The catalysts are designed to manufacture winter and Arctic diesel fuels at the Kuibyshev Refinery without using depressor additives. If industrial tests of these catalysts at the Kuibyshev Refinery (scheduled for 2021) are successful, the production of isodewaxing catalysts will be expanded, generating additional profits both for Rosneft's refineries and the catalyst manufacturer.
In 2020, the catalytic regeneration unit of the Novokuibyshevsk Catalysers Plant recovered 319 tonnes of hydrotreating catalysts to be reused at the Company’s refineries and 256 tonnes of catalysts to be used at other Russian refineries.
Angarsk Plant of Catalysts and Organic Synthesis
The Angarsk Plant of Catalysts and Organic Synthesis continues building a production unit for platinum-containing reforming catalysts and gasoline isomerisation catalysts. The unit with a capacity of 600 tpa is to be launched in 2021. It is designed to improve the quality of reforming and gasoline isomerisation catalysts, as well as reduce platinum losses, increase production reliability and safety, and ultimately meet the needs of all Russian refineries for this type of advanced catalysts.
In 2020, the plant produced and sold 416 tonnes of catalysts, up by 103 tonnes year-on-year.
IDZ-028RN, an isodewaxing catalyst developed by RN-TsIR, successfully passed pilot tests at the Angarsk Plant of Catalysts and Organic Synthesis.
Meanwhile, Bashneft-UNPZ has been using a diesel fraction hydrotreating catalyst developed by RN-TsIR and produced by the Angarsk Plant of Catalysts and Organic Synthesis. The catalyst, Ht-100RN, has so far proved more reliable than foreign-made alternatives.
On 13 November 2009, the Russian Government issued Resolution No. 1715-r On Russia's Energy Strategy, which seeks to bring about a transition to domestically-made catalysts. In 2019, Rosneft contributed to this effort by establishing RN-Kat, a specialist subsidiary able to make 4 ktpa of hydrotreating catalysts as a replacement for imported alternatives. This addition is expected to strengthen the technological self-sufficiency, independence and economic performance of our refineries. In 2020, the plant produced 685 t of hydrotreating catalysts, with 201 t loaded into the Company's hydrotreaters.