SIBUR has celebrated the first supply of industrial gases from Cryogenmash’s new station to ZapSibNeftekhim, Russia’s largest petrochemical facility under construction in Tobolsk.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the SIBUR Holding’s Management Board, and Dmitry Zauers, Deputy Chairman of Gazprombank’s Management Board.

The construction of the new industrial gas station with a capacity of up to 37,000 m3/h of nitrogen (N2) and up to 28,000 m3/h of compressed air kicked off in 2017. The station comprises two large cryogenic air separation units (ASUs), a storage system for liquid cryogenic products, compression and air-drying unit, dual circuit cooling system, and dry compressed air and N2 receivers. The key equipment was designed and produced by Cryogenmash.

Powering ZapSibNeftekhim with dry compressed air and N2 is critical for the construction process as it allows to launch pre-commissioning operations at all production lines and facilities.

Cryogenmash-Gas-Tobolsk, a subsidiary of Cryogenmash, acted as the designer, equipment supplier and contractor during the construction of the dry air and Nproduction station at ZapSibNeftekhim.

Once the facility is commissioned, Cryogenmash-Gas-Tobolsk will be its operator providing an on-site supply of industrial gases to ZapSibNeftekhim until 2039. In its turn, ZapSibNeftekhim will purchase a certain volume of industrial gases under off-take contracts featuring a pre-approved price formula.

The project has been implemented within a very short time frame – 28 months from the design stage to the first industrial gas delivery, which is in line with the best international practices for constructing industrial gas facilities.

“Cryogenmash is our long-standing partner. Several years ago, we completed a project on outsourcing supplies of industrial gases at the company’s Tomsk site. This type of cooperation with the leading player in the domestic cryogenic industry will help us ensure uninterrupted energy supply to SIBUR’s facilities,” said Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board at SIBUR Holding.

“The new industrial gas station is our contribution to creating Russia’s largest petrochemical plant that will deliver record high volumes of products highly sought in the global market. Participating in a project of this scale boosts the development of Gazprombank’s industrial assets,” commented Deputy Chairman of Gazprombank’s Management Board, Dmitry Zauers.