Anatoly Cherner (JSC Gazprom Neft Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales), and RUSNANO Deputy CEO Vladimir Avetisyan have taken the opportunity of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum to sign a letter of intent on cooperation in the production of catalysts used in oil refining.
A key objective of this initiative will be to facilitate import substitution of catalysts for catalytic cracking, hydro-treatment and hydro-cracking, through the establishment of cutting-edge production facilities exceeding those currently available worldwide.
Catalysts will be produced through the use of technologies developed in conjunction with leading scientific and research institutions in Russia. The existing catalyst production facility at the Gazprom Neft Omsk Refinery currently produces catalysts used in catalytic cracking — one of the most important processes facilitating advanced oil refining.
The first phase of the agreement between RUSNANO and Gazprom Neft envisages the modernisation of current production facilities at the Omsk Refinery, as well as construction of a pilot catalytic cracking facility for the testing of a new generation of catalysers.