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Hereby the issue is the rubber plant BR PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim: halobutyl rubber (HBR) - chlorobutyl rubber and bromobutyl rubber, as well as food butyl rubber BR 1675P. Nizhnekamsk started the development of HBR in 2000. Experts of OJSC Yarsintez, the process designer of butyl rubber production, helped the petrochemists to achieve their old dream. The design center LLC GSI Giprokauchuk and the Russian Research Center Applied Chemistry were also involved in this project. The whole process of development program of the halobutyl rubbers production at Nizhnekamskneftekhim took less than five years.
The first Halobutyl Rubber bale was produced on March 13, 2004. And with the putting into operation the bromine production unit, the first bromobutyl rubber bale was produced on May 28, 2004.
The initial production capacity of halobutyl rubber was 30 thousand tons per year. As a result of revamping activities undertaken during 15 years, the production capacity was increasing. Annual production reached almost 150 thousand tons (maximum capacity) of Halobutyl Rubber by 2017.
Today the strategy to increase the production of these types of rubbers is in action in Nizhnekamskneftekhim. Halobutyl rubber is mainly used in the production of tubeless tires, therefore it is in a great demand. The main consumers of Nizhnekamskneftekhim rubbers are the major foreign manufacturers "Michelin", "Goodyear", "Pirelli", "Continental", "Bridgestone", "Cordiant", PJSC Nizhnekamskshina. Halobutyl rubbers are also used in mechanical-rubber and pharmaceutical industries.
The Nizhnekamskneftekhim company is one of the leaders in the production of food rubber in Russia. Several years ago, petrochemists began production of food rubber BR 1675P. It was the order of a foreign company that uses it as a glue base for chewing gum. To come in the market of production of food rubber the company implemented the Food Safety Management System with associated the FSSC 22000 Certification. Modernization of some equipment was required to ensure the compliance of production processes with high food safety requirements. The system’s readiness for certification began in 2014. A Certification Audit of the Food Safety Management System (FSMS) in the production, packaging, storage and marketing according to the ISO 22000 took place at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim in 2015. The FSSC 22000 Certification Audit was carried out in 2016, which incorporates ISO 22000, ISO 22002-1 and five additional requirements This Certification was a part of the consumers’ requirements.The confirmation of compliance of Certification proper was carried out during commercial production of the food grade rubber with the requirements of the Regulations on the 25-27th of March in BR Plant. Nizhnekamskneftekhim passed the Certification Audit. Compliance was confirmed. For 3 years now from this moment the company is widely regarded as a manufacturer of food rubber and produces it at order. The company employees have received the next order on it in the middle of March. And in April 350 tons of produced food rubber will be exported to the United States consumer.
Ethylene plant of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced its 18-millionth ton of ethylene since the start-up in 1976.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim Ethylene Production Plant (EP-450) still remains unique in Russia, that has no equals in our country. It was built in record time - main equipment installation took only 14 months. The first modernization of the EP-450 Complex was completed in 1981. One more reconstruction which took place in 1988-1992 allowed to increase the capacity from 450 up to 485 thousand tons of ethylene per year. In 2011 the reconstruction and modernization of Ethylene production facilities resulted in increase in capacity up to 600 thousand tons of ethylene per year. Ethylene plant of Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced its 17-millionth ton of ethylene in July, 2017Now the annual production of ethylene amounts to 616 thousand tons. It was the result of putting into operation of two new pyrolysis furnaces of the SRT-VI type. The history of the plant began with furnaces of the SRT-II type, and now they are replaced by the new type Production capacity and environmental safety are not the only highlights of the new equipment. This project allowed to improve performance reliability of the furnace unit, as well as reduce the amount of flue-gas emissions into the atmosphere.
In December 2018, the plant completed the start-up operations at the benzene extraction unit, an it has already covered the production capacity by March 2019.Ethylene is the most significant component of many productions not only of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, its products are also sent for further processing to the petrochemical facilities of the city of Kazan and Bashkortostan Republic.
Three employees of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim have been awarded with the title of "Honored Chemist of the Republic of Tatarstan”. Two more employees have been awarded with the title of “Honored Power Engineer of the Republic of Tatarstan”. Farid Mukhametshin, the Chairman of the State Council of Tatarstan, personally awarded the employees of the company at the official ceremony that was held in the Kazan Kremlin on March 22.
Andrei Yankin, the chief engineer of the design center, Vladimir Panarin, the equipment operator of the 5th category of halogenation of the butyl rubber plant, and Valentina Kuznetsova, the equipment operator of the 5th category of the ethylene plant, have been awarded with the title of "Honored Chemist of the Republic of Tatarstan”.
Vladimir Soldatkin, an electrician of the 6th category of the management for the electrical equipment operation and repair of the II industrial zone, and Marat Shakirov, an electrician of the 6th category of the power supply management, have been awarded with the title of “Honored Power Engineer of the Republic of Tatarstan” .In total, 48 Tatarstan citizens were honored with government awards of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan - these are employees in the fields of mechanical engineering, petrochemistry, government, education, health care, science, culture and other industries.
Large-scale training of plant personnel and line managers of the company's divisions was organized to increase the safety level of operational facilities at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. During five days - on 18-22 March, Nizhnekamskneftekhim specialists studied different issues associated with safe performance of maintenance, fire and gas hazardous work, compliance with labour protection, the handling procedure of technical documentation to start-up the equipment after maintenance, process design of equipment, power tool operations, as well as the psychological safety issues of technological processes.
About 2.5 thousand employees of the company were trained. Nizhnekamskneftekhim employees with a great practical experience in organization of safe operation gave lectures to listeners.
The main purpose of this training is to reduce the number of violations associated with the work of third-party organizations during the period of full repairs and construction of new facilities by demands increasing from the plant personnel of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, providing procedure control.It is a regular practice to have such trainings in the company. In 2018, 8,834 employees improved their knowledge on labor safety, transport operation and working at height. Workers took process, technical and special courses, 635 employees mastered the second profession.
Five employees of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim will take part in the representative team of Republic of Tatarstan in WorldSkills Nationall Professional Skills Championship. It will be held in the city of Kazan in May. Young employees will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in three categories: “Manufacture of products from polymeric materials”, “Laboratory chemical analysis” and “Welding procedures”.
In spite the National Championship will begin in more than two months, Nizhnekamskneftekhim has already begun providing assistance in preparing for this competition. Competitors improve their knowledge actively, regularly attend meetings with Nizhnekamskneftekhim specialists, who have been trained as category specialists. Regular Meeting was held on March 14 under the guidance of Rodion Bulashov, Deputy General Director for HR and Social Affairs. A number of issues associated with the preparation for the National Championship was discussed.
Actually, that is not the first participation of Nizhnekamskneftekhim employees in WorldSkills Nationall Professional Skills Championship. In 2018, two young employees, Farkhetdinova Aizira and Alexander Ulyakashkin, represented Nizhnekamskneftekhim at the WorldSkills Hi-Tech Competition in the city of Yekaterinburg. 422 competitors for 34 categories competed for the title of the best. According to the results, Aizira Farhetdinova scored 502 points in the “Laboratory chemical analysis” Category, ranked 8th in the competition and was awarded the “Medal for Professionalism”, and Alexander Ulyakashkin was the 11th in the “Welding Procedure” Category.Such high results are based on responsible preparation for the championship and on cooperation with the specialists on the base of the College of Petrochemistry and Refinery. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, instructed this educational institution to be responsible for the “Manufacture of products from polymeric materials” Category and PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim allocated more than 26 million rubles for the purchase of special equipment to train the team of RT. Today, the college is a Specialized Competence Center for WorldSkills participants training and conducting qualifying stages of the championships.
Elena Tkacheva, leading engineer of Nizhnekamskneftekhim R&D center, is the winner of the Republican Contest “Woman of the Year. Man of the Year: Women's View”. She was acknowledged as the best in the nomination “My destiny is my profession”. Elena Tkacheva and dozens of other women of distinction were honored by Tatarstan leaders. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Farid Mukhametshin, Chairman of the RT State Council, awarded the winners. The official ceremony was held on the eve of the International Women's Day in the Saidashev Big Concert Hall in Kazan.
Actually, this year 600 women bid to become the contest winner, among them glitteratis, mothers with many children, businesswomen and representatives of different professions remarkable in the various activities and education.
The nomination “My destiny is my profession” became one of the most popular among the participants. Seven women were announced the winners of this nomination. An employee of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Elena Tkacheva was also among them, she passed the regional stage of the contest in February. At the event Elena spoke about the significant role of being a leading engineer of the R&D center of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
In the research laboratory of monomers and plastics, Elena works on the development of innovative products. Last year, she was honored at All-Russian competition "Engineer of the Year - 2018" in the nomination "Professional Engineers". Elena Tkacheva has been working at R&D center for almost 30 years. During this period she upgraded her qualifications to a leading engineer. Elena is a co-author of 3 patents for invention, 43 innovation proposals, 12 reports at scientific conferences and 6 publications in scientific periodical. Today, she is engaged in research and work on the scientific and technical support of large-capacity production of styrene plastics.
Regular Meeting of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Board of Directors was held on March 6, 2019 under the guidance of Ruslan Shigabutdinov, Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Members of Board of Directors discussed and acknowledged the results of financial and operating performance, fulfillment of the capital investment and finance plan of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Nizhnekamskneftekhim Group for 2018. During this financial period, the Company’s production targets were exceeded. In comparison with the results of 2017 the target was exceeded by 3,2%. 2018 sales revenue amounted to 188,9 billion rubles which is 26,8 billion higher than last year.
The Board members reviewed 2018 financial statements of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, provisionally approved the annual report of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and recommended them to be approved by the annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which will be held on April 12, 2019 in the city of Nizhnekamsk. Members of the Board acknowledged the information related to the RAS audit report by JSC PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit and the 2018 audit report by Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
The Board of Directors took notice of information on the consolidated financial statements of the Nizhnekamskneftekhim Group for 2018 in accordance with IFRS, and information on actual tax and duties payment by PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim to the consolidated budget of the Republic of Tatarstan for 2018.
Summarizing 2018 results, the Board of Directors recommended the annual General Meeting of Shareholders of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim to allocate over RUB 36,4 billion for dividend payment, taking into account the profit for the accounting year and retained earnings of previous years, based on 19 rubles 94 kopecks per 1 ordinary and preferred share.
Moreover, Ruslan Shigabutdinov, Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, noted that in accordance with the Federal Law On Joint-Stock Companies and the Company Charter of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, the decision to pay dividends falls within the competence of the General Meeting of Shareholders.
The Board of Directors paid special attention to organizational issues associated with the preparation and holding of the annual General Meeting of Shareholders of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The following items were reviewed and approved: the agenda, publication articles for the company's official website, form and content of the voting ballots, the list of information provided to shareholders, and the secretariat membership of the Annual General Shareholders Meeting. The list of candidates for voting on the election to the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim included: Azat Bikmurzin, Ruslan Gizzatullin, Albert Latypov, Nahil Maganov, Naim Muichich, Vladimir Presnyakov, Guzelia Safina, Anand Subramanian, Ilshat Fardiev, Ruslan Shigabutdinov, and in the list of candidates for voting on the election to Nizhnekamskneftekhim Audit Commission: Olga Ignatovskaya, Olga Murzakaeva, Lilia Sulteeva, Aidar Khasanshin.
On the basis of a special right (“golden share”) in accordance with the order by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan No. 25 dated January 18, 2019 “On the representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the management body of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and order No. 52 dated January 18, 2019 "On the representatives of the Republic of Tatarstan in the audit commissions of joint-stock companies of particular importance for the economy of the Republic of Tatarstan”, appointed the representatives of the Republic of Tatarstan:
Rinat Sabirov - to the Board of Directors;
Fanis Gabdulkhakov - to the Audit Commission.
Further, a draft of amendments and additions to the Charter of Nizhnekamskneftekhim was approved and recommended for approval by the annual General Shareholders Meeting.
During the meeting, the results of a closed tender for choosing an independent auditor of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim under Russian Accounting Standards (RAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) were approved and recommended for presentation at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders as a candidate to an independent auditor of PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit (JSC PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit) for 2019.The Board of Directors acknowledged 2018–2019 reports of Audit Committee and HR and Remuneration Committee of the Board, approved the changes in the membership of the Management Board with Alla Evstafieva elected as the Deputy Director General for Economics and Finance.
According to the press service of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov emphasized that Linde has been a reliable partner of the republic’s petrochemical industries during two decades. Today, Linde is involved in the construction of a New Ethylene Complex in the territory of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. “This is going to be a major Ethylene production center. To date, all project are working according to the agreed schedule” - The President of RT added.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Linde Engineering, a member of the Board of Directors of Linde AG, Christian Bruch, showed his appreciation to the leadership of the Republic for special attention to cooperation with the German company. Then he reported in short the progress of the project implementation of the New Ethylene Complex.The Meeting was represented by Assistant to President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rinat Sabirov, General Director of JSC TAIF Albert Shigabutdinov, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim Azat Bikmurzin, General Director of PJSC Kazanorgsintez Farid Minigulov.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim constructs another header. What for? How will new object help to improve the ecological indicators? Answers to these and other questions Nizhnekamsk journalists received during the press tour, organized on February 28 to the construction sites of the new off-site waste waters header (HZK-3) of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. This 15 km pipeline will allow to transfer industrial waste waters from the company's existing and future facilities to Biological Treatment Unit for further treatment. The construction of a new header is related to the active development of Nizhnekamsk industrial hub and, as a result, a high load on the existing header (HZK-2). Due to this, Nizhnekamskneftekhim Management decided to lay an additional “stream” of the header.
The new off-site waste waters header (HZK-3) of Nizhnekamskneftekhim will allow to increase the carrying capacity and safety of transportation of wastewater from the industrial area.
“Ecological indicators and safety will be improved as the risk of waste waters entering the soils and waters, as well as unpleasant odors in the atmosphere, is eliminated. Headers will be equipped with air purification biofilters” - Rustam Akhmetshin (Deputy Head of Shop No. 3406 of Water and Sewerage Lines and Waste Water Treatment Division of Nizhnekamskneftekhim) told to journalists.
The scale of this project local journalists saw by visiting the main construction areas of the header. First of all, they inspected the area where the pipeline is being laid underground - using the microtunneling method. The method does not require the excavation of traditional ditches along the entire length of the pipe route. This method is applied in areas of crossing with underground utilities, railroads and motor roads.
With the help of special equipment, pipes are laid underground at a depth of about 12 meters by horizontal drilling. “The process is difficult and is carried out 24/7,” says Vladimir Yakimovich, Project Manager of SoyuzDonStroy LLC. So, we put a pipe and take a jumbo jack. The jacking system presses the pipe, and the tunnel-boring complex installed in front of the pipe excavates the soil and with the help of water transfers it to the separation unit. Here the soil is separated from the water that returns to “the bottom”. Construction works started at the end of January. During this time, 70 meters of the pipeline were laid. In total, more than 3 km of the header will be laid in such a manner.
In parallel, the construction company is working on the construction of two chambers: rectangular and round. These chambers are needed for drilling machine to excavate the ground for pipelines laying. Along the entire length of HZK-3 there will be 66 excavation pits. At present day, 8 of them have already been constructed. And in March, another 2 drilling machines will arrive at Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
The rest 12 km of the header will be traced by surface mining. This process was demonstrated to the journalists. Works have begun on the territory close to biological treatment facilities. About one and a half kilometers have been laid here. 85 specialists are involved in the construction of this important environmental object. Object commissioning is scheduled to the end of 2019.
The cost of construction of new HZK-3 is estimated to about 1.5 billion rubles.
Oligomers and Glycols Plant of Nizhnekamskneftekhim started the new KDI-M catalyst production with capacity of 3 KTA. Its construction has been started in 2016 as part of an investment project to increase the production of isoprene rubber SKI-3 to 330 KTA. Commissioning and start-up of the plant started in late January. The first batch of catalyst was produced on February,14.
The KDI-M microspherical chromium alumina catalyst is used for the synthesis of isobutylene by the dehydrogenation of isobutane and isoamylenes by means of isopentane dehydrogenation. Nizhnekamsk KDI-M differs with its superactivity and selectivity, provides more stable output of the product.
New KDI-M catalyst production together with acting plant (capacity of the plant - 2 KTA) fully meets the need of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Divisions for dehydrogenation catalysts, without the need to purchase this product from other manufacturers.
In the course of the working visit to Munich, the delegation of TAIF JSC from the Republic of Tatarstan headed by Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, held meetings with large German companies Linde Engineering and Siemens in Munich on February 19.
The Tatarstan delegation was represented by Albert Shigabutdinov (General Director of TAIF JSC), Ruslan Gizzatullin (Deputy General Director for Energy and Information Technologies of TAIF JSC); Azat Bikmurzin (General Director of Nizhnekamskneftekhim), Timur Shigabutdinov (Deputy General Director – Commercial Director of Nizhnekamsneftekhim); Ildus Safin (Deputy General Director for Capital Construction), Roman Vasilyev (Director of new EP-600), Farid Minigulov (General Director of Kazanorgsintez PJSC). Linde Engineering was represented by Dr Christian Bruch (Chairman of the Board of Directors), and Tilman Weide and John van der Velden (Members of the Board of Directors).
The parties discussed issues related to the start of construction of New Ethylene Complex - companies entered into relevant agreement in May 2017 at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. At the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Linde Engineering, Christian Bruch, handed over to Azat Bikmurzin, General Director of Nizhnekamskneftekhim certificates for students trained under the Olefin Academy Program. It was held at the company in January 2019 and gathered 100 listeners.
On the same day, a meeting between TAIF Group delegation and Siemens Management represented by Willi Meixner (Chef Executive Officer of Power and Gas Division of Siemens AG), Alexei Liberov (President of Siemens in Russia), Oleg Titov (Director of Power and Gas Division of Siemens) was held in the head office of the Siemens corporation. Siemens AG is interested in participating in projects implemented by TAIF Group. In particular, the experience and equipment of Siemens can be used in the construction and equipping of New Ethylene Complex.Having met with the leadership of both German companies, Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, noted the successful cooperation of Linde and Siemens with the enterprises of the Republic, reports Public Affairs Office of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.
On February 13, 2019 in Kazan the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Ruslan Shigabutdinov held a regular meeting of the Company’s Board.
The members of the Board approved the implementation status of the “Environmental Program of Nizhnekamskneftekhim for 2014-2020” and decided to continue its implementation. In 2018, 61 environmental protection measures were implemented, 1.47 billion rubles were spent. Compared to 2017, there was achieved the reduction of: gross wastewater discharge - by 4.8%, emission of pollutants into the air - by 2.2%, formation of non-recyclable waste - by 25%. The implementation of the second stage of large-scale revamp of biological treatment unit continues. Works related with construction of a new header of chemically contaminated waste waters are in progress. In 2018 compared to 2017, the concentration of iron in the purified waste waters decreased by 19%, aluminum - by 16%, sulfates - by 17%, suspended solids - by 21%, phenols - by 35%, surfactants - by 45%, formaldehyde - by 52%, methanol - by 71%.
In total, in 2014–2018, 346 environmental activities were carried out, expenses amounted to 5.04 billion rubles.
The Board of Directors took note of the information on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Program (reliability) of Nizhnekamskneftekhim facilities until 2020 and considers it positive. In 2018, 59 energy saving measures were taken, the economic effect of which amounted to 179.5 million rubles.
Members of the Board of Directors reviewed the implementation of a Plan of activities directed on improvement in labor protection and reduction of occupational risk levels at Nizhnekamskneftekhim for 2016-2018.
Members of the Board of Directors took note of the information on the activities of the Internal Audit Division of Nizhnekamskneftekhim for 2018 and approved its Work Plan for 2019.
The Board of Directors took note of the information on the analysis of the effectiveness of investments in subsidiaries and affiliate companies of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, as well as the results of financial and economic activities of the subsidiaries of the Company in 2018.
The members of the Board of Directors took note of the information on the staffing of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, as well as information on the development program of IT systems in the Company.
The Board of Directors approved the date and venue of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. It will be held on April 12, 2019, at 9.00, in the city of Nizhnekamsk (23, Sobolekovskaya street, Assembly Hall).
Nizhnekamskneftekhim was the general partner of the final stage of the V Interregional Chemical Tournament. The Tournament was held at Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg. More than 200 pupils from 38 Russian regions participated in the Tournament.
The theme of the final stage of the Tournament was “Chemistry and Ocean”. The participants had to solve problems related to the study of the secrets of the deep-sea world, with the chemistry of water resources, marine flora and fauna. The task of the Tournament is not only to answer the questions correctly and quickly, but to show creativity and the ability to work in a team, jointly solving problems. At the end of the competition, the winner was the team “Interregional Depression Abyss”, which consisted of students from Moscow, Izhevsk and Barnaul.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Nizhnekamskneftekhim each participant of the Tournament received memorable prizes. For the successful solution of the problems developed by the specialists of Nizhnekamskneftekhim R&D Center, the winners in the individual competition were also presented with gifts.
Participation in such an event allows the company to set itself as a potential employer caring for the younger generation, going beyond the borders of his native city.
Members of Nizhnekamskneftekhim management board were awarded the State Prize for Science and Technology of the Republic of Tatarstan for 2018. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, awarded the prestigious prize to the winners. The award ceremony took place today, February 8 - on Russian Science Day in the Kremlin.
The title “Laureate of the State Prize for Science and Technology of the Republic of Tatarstan” for the collective work of the staff of Nizhnekamskneftekhim and SPA Evrokhim on recycling of petrochemical production wastes “Industrial technologies for the decomposition of oxygen-containing by-products of petrochemical industries” was given to: Ilfat Sharifullin (First Deputy General Director – Chief Engineer of Nizhnekamskneftekhim), Oleg Nesterov (Deputy General Director – Director for Production), Rustam Gusamov (Director of Synthetic Rubber Plant), Rishat Khakimov (Director of Isoprene Monomer (IM) Plant), Ravil Galimzyanov (Former Director (now retired) of Styrene and Polyether Resin Plant).
When awarding the Prize, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov emphasized that: “This work has no analogues in the world, and we see an absolute social effect in addition to the economic effect”. The developed technology allows to process a light fraction of a high-boiling by-product (HBP), which is a by-product of isoprene synthesis. The project will increase the production of the target product, reduce the consumption rates for consumed raw materials and improve the environmental characteristics.
Scientific works of employees of the company more than once received prestigious awards. The inventions and developments of scientists of Nizhnekamskneftekhim R&D Center are actively used in industry. Together with the production workers, new types and brands of rubbers and plastics are being developed and mastered, the raw material base for the production of polymers is being expanded, the revamp of biological treatment facilities is in progress, water recycling systems are being developed and improved, and etcetera.Thanks to the scientists who work many years at R&D Center, Nizhnekamskneftekhim received 424 patents for inventions and 67 - for utility models.
What changes have occurred at the construction site of Biological Treatment Facilities? Whereupon do we count on in the course of the Biological Treatment Facilities revamp? Answers to these and other questions Nizhnekamsk journalists received during the press tour. They visited the site, where construction works are being completed within the framework of the second stage of the large-scale reconstruction of the Biological Treatment Facilities.Media representatives evaluated the changes that had occurred for three months since their last visit to the treatment facilities in early November 2018. For this period, the construction site, where the revamp of the mechanical purification plant for chemically contaminated waste waters is in progress, was equipped with new facilities. To date, the installation of rainwater drainage system from the pumping station has been completed and underground networks have been laid. Such reinforced concrete structures as a basin for collecting polymer flakes, sand traps, 4 preaerators, and flotation sludge pump station were installed. Specific equipment installation on sand traps is in progress. Two tanks were installed, hydraulic tests were performed. The installation and piping connections of gas purification units are being completed.
One of the most effective and sophisticated technologies of wastewater treatment using aeration method with the purification of hydrocarbons on biofilters is being introduced at the Biological Treatment Facilities. This method is used in Europe, and now it will be applied at Nizhnekamskneftekhim wastewater treatment facilities. For the operation of the biofiltration system, four preaerators are built on the site. Those round structures are used to blow out and collect volatile substances coming from waste waters into the gas purification system. Here they will be neutralized by special microorganisms. The entire system is sealed, so no harmful substances can enter the atmosphere. Thus, the specialists will be able to purify the waste waters with an efficiency up to 95%.
However, after the first stage of reconstruction of the mechanical purification unit for sanitary waste waters, which was completed in 2016, the following results were obtained: in 2018 compared to 2017, the concentration of iron in the purified waste waters decreased by 19%, aluminum - by 16%, sulfates - by 17%, suspended solids - by 21%, phenols - by 35%, surfactants - by 45%, formaldehyde - by 52%, methanol - by 71%. After completion of the second stage, the concentration of hydrocarbons in chemical waste water will drop and the efficiency of biological treatment will increase making the atmosphere clean.
Every day, up to 200 specialists work at the construction site. The workers are planning to complete the installation of equipment and begin testing by April. Within the framework of the revamp, the chemical laboratory of the Biological Treatment Facilities will be renewed and upgraded. Total overhaul is in progress in the offices, and additional laboratory equipment will be furnished in March.
For the 13th time, Nizhnekamskneftekhim placed its exhibition stand at the 22nd Moscow International Exhibition Interplastika - 2019. It took place from January 29 to February 1, 2019 in the Central Exhibition Complex Expocentre. This time, more than 700 companies from 35 countries worldwide took participation in this exhibition.
As before, products of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim have caused intense interest of exhibition visitors. During 4 days, it was traditionally crowded near the company's stand.
“We exhibit a stand in order to attract as many consumers of our products as possible, meet with them and agree on the issues of perspective and current cooperation. It has to be noted, from the past experience, that the results of the meetings are expected to be favorable. Today, the target is no longer just “to find a supplier”, but even more - to determine the way for the supplier and the processor to work more efficiently,” said Aydar Gilemkhanov, Deputy Head of Sales Division of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
At international exhibition Interplastika-2019, the company presented wide range of products, emphasizing new brand assortment of plastics. In 2018, Nizhnekamskneftekhim did a huge work to substitute imported products. In particular, petrochemists mastered the production of bimodal polypropylene and released new grades of polystyrene for food package applications. Most recently, having mastered the large-scale production of linear low-density polyethylene, Nizhnekamskneftekhim became the manufacturer of one more “niche” product: medium-density polyethylene, which is used for the manufacture of products by rotational molding.
“We welcomed more than 50 regular partners and representatives of companies that are still showing interest in our products. It’s noteworthy that our new product, polyethylene for rotational molding applications, received particular attention, and a number of pre-orders were made. In addition, one of the benefits of the work at the exhibition was the positive opinion by VNIIKP (All-Russian Research and Development Institute for Cable Industry) upon the use of our polyethylene in the manufacture of the outer cable sheath. This was the outcome of our fruitful collaboration with the All-Russian Research and Development Institute for Cable Industry,” Marat Fatykhov, Head of Polymers Promoting Division of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, shared his impressions of the exhibition.
Since the start of production, 11 million tons of ethylbenzene were produced at Styrene and Polyether Resins Plant of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
42 years ago, Nizhnekamskneftekhim ethylbenzene plant was the biggest in the country: high capacity units and equipment (unique at that time) were installed here. The first ton of commercial ethylbenzene from the first production line was released on October 4, 1977; the first ton from the second production line - on March 11, 1979.
Currently, the stable production process runs at a design capacity, thus ensuring high quality of the product.
Ethylbenzene is used as a raw material in styrene production. Then, styrene is supplied to the Plastics Plant for polystyrene and ABS plastics production.
The first bale of ultra-high cis-1,4 polybutadiene rubber (SKDN) was produced at Synthetic Rubber Plant of Nizhnekamskneftekhim on January 31, 2004. As of today, more than 1.7 million tons of this rubber has been produced.
SKDN is used in the tire and rubber industry, as well as in other sectors of the national economy for the manufacture of products for industrial and technical purposes.
Neodymium polybutadiene rubbers are characterized with high concentration of cis-1,4 polybutadienes (96-98%), linearity of polymer chains, no gel, good processability. Significant advantages of the product performances, if compared with other known types of cis-polybutadienes, along with the eco-friendly characteristics of both the polymers and the method of their production, determine the high competitiveness of neodymium polybutadienes in the domestic and foreign rubber markets.
Main consumers of Nizhnekamskneftekhim’s SKDN rubber are such well-known world leaders of tire production as Michelin, Pirelli, Continental, GoodYear, Bridgestone, PJSC Nizhnekamskshina
Nizhnekamskneftekhim featured eight types of rubber (isoprene rubber, butyl rubber, chlorobutyl and bromobutyl rubbers, neodymium and lithium polybutadiene rubbers, solution styrene butadiene rubber, butadiene rubber) in India Rubber Expo 2019, currently Asia’s largest Rubber Exhibition, held in Mumbai, India. This event is organized every two years and provokes special interest among tire and rubber goods producers. This year IRE has gathered more than 300 European and Asian companies. The exhibitors promoted their products at stands located at 26,000 square meters space to the attention of 27,000 visitors.PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim exhibited the rubbers used mainly in tire applications. The representative of Nizhnekamskneftekhim Sales Division shared detailed information on the products properties and characteristics. NKNK representatives held meetings with major tiremakers and discussed the opportunities for future cooperation and supply of polymer goods.
Olefin Academy is a training program for Nizhnekamskneftekhim employees. It was held under EP-600 New Ethylene Complex Project at NKNK premises by Linde AG experts from 29 January till 1 February. NKNK employees of different disciplines, from process engineers to environmental specialists, - take part in the training. Executives and lead specialists of TAIF JSC, PJSC Kazanorgsintez, students and teachers from backbone institutions, more than hundred trainees in total, have been invited to get valuable knowledge during Olefin Academy.
Linde AG experts have developed a series of lectures about state-of-art tendencies in ethylene production, process peculiarities, operation of crackers, as well as in HAZOP and environmental safety.
The training is in English, therefore each trainee has been provided with simultaneous interpretation equipment. One of the lecturers, Robert Stegemann, is Linde AG Lead Engineer and a specialist in cracking furnace engineering. It is he who has designed cracking furnaces for NKNK Ethylene Complex. According to Mr. Stegemann, as of today this project is considered to be one of Russia’s largest.
After a training course the trainees will take a test with the following granting of certificates. The best trainees will be awarded with Linde AG Diploma.
This training will upgrade the qualification of specialists, and the acquired knowledge will be used in the operation of EP-600 Plant.