Gazprom Neft subsidiary launches Russia’s biggest engine oil production at Omsk lubricants plant

By Elena Zhuk, June 17, 2014

In mid-April, a lubricants production facility was put into operation at Gazprom Neft’s Omsk lubricants plant (OZSM). Following the launch of the blending and packaging facility, whose capacity tops those of other Russian companies and can produce up to 300,000 tons of lubricants, including 180,000 tons of packaged products, Gazprom Neft’s subsidiary, Gazpromneft-Lubricants, intends to increase its share in Russia’s lubricants market from the current 14 percent to 18 percent by 2025. 

As Anatoly Cherner, Gazprom Neft’s deputy general director, Logistics, Refining & Marketing, noted at the opening ceremony, the Omsk facility today can already produce up to 350 lubricant items. “In six years of Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ existence, the company ramped up lubricants production to 500,000 tons. What makes us proud, though, is not only the significant growth of output, but also the triple growth in production of premium class products that match global standards,” he added. 

 New Technology in Motion

Investments in construction of the Omsk facility, which started more than three years ago, totaled around 3.4 billion rubles ($97.4 million). In May 2012, the first phase of construction was completed: the units for production of packaging were installed, as was packaging equipment, a warehouse for storing raw materials and a modern tank farm were built. The icing on the cake was the April 14 launch of the second phase of the engine oil blending and packaging complex.

In the blending shop five blending units, a high-precision additives dosage unit and special devices for preparing blending components were installed. A pipeline system enabling separate preparation of lubricants was also built there.  

The launch of the Omsk facility marked a first as Gazpromneft-Lubricants unveiled the technology, developed by UK-based Silverstone and never before used in Russia, which helps reduce twice the time required for the preparation of engine oil.

Since it’s important not to overheat or acidize the mix in the production process, speeding up the operation at a lower than usual temperature allows to manufacture a product with improved performance features.

“Blending at 1,500 rotations per minute, 30 kilograms of material is ‘broken down’ in 10 to 15 minutes. This creates a powerful turbulent flow, which fully dissolves a polymer additive and reduces the product’s acidization. Thus, we can quickly switch  from one product to another, helping reduce electricity consumption and lower the cost of production, as well as provide competitive edge in the market,” Omsk plant specialists told reporters.

The automated control system allows selection of the optimum product formula from around 70 formulas entered in a computer database. These many formulas aren’t the limit, their number should grow further to 150. On the backdrop of Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ broad product range, a quick switch from one product to another while feeding basic components is achieved by an automated manifold that integrates the system of self-stripping pipelines. Thanks to the new technology, which had earlier been used only at Gazprom Neft’s lubricants plant in Bari, Italy, the average time for preparation of a single product batch has been reduced to