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On August 20, 2021, public hearings were held on the project "Reconstruction of the Production Shop No. 2520 existing facilities for the new EP-600 ethylene production complex". A total of147 people took part in the discussions of the project documentation materials. Discussions were held at the premises of MBGEI "Secondary School No. 7" via videoconferencing.
The First Deputy General Director, Chief Engineer of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Irek Alyamov, addressed the audience with a welcoming speech. Oleg Grishakov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Environmental Protection, Head of Environmental Safety Department of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim presented information on sustainable development of the company.
Onward at the hearing a number of reports, dealing with the designed facility performance and the envisaged activity, the environmental impact assessment materials, as well as the measures aimed at preventing and minimizing undesirable environmental effects were considered. Victor Zotov, Director of S&PR Plant, made a presentation on the reconstruction facility. It is referred to the tank farm of the production shop No. 2520, which is currently used for acceptance, storage and shipment of products and semi-finished products of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim plants. Modernization of this tank farm is carried out within the framework of implementation of a new olefin complex EP-600 construction project in order to provide acceptance and storage of its marketable products.
According to Ruslan Kyaryushev, Chief Project Engineer at OOO KHIMPROMPROEKT, the reconstruction will result in replacing the old tanks commissioned in 1977 with new ones. It is also planned to equip an open pumping station for pumping over and pumping petroleum products to the oil loading/unloading rack. All process equipment will comply with modern safety requirements - it will have double mechanical seals or be hermetically sealed.
The reconstruction of the park will significantly reduce the negative impact on the environment. Arkady Yaroshevsky, director of Ekada-T Ltd. told about that in his report. He noted that the complex will be equipped with an automatic foam extinguishing system, a stationary irrigation system and air pollution sensors.
The changes will also affect the loading and unloading racks. As part of the upgrade, all loading and unloading operations will be brought up to standard requirements and automatized, ensuring a leak-proof loading and unloading of products, thus avoiding the emission of substances into the atmosphere.
Following the results of the public hearings on the project documentation and EIA materials for the facility "Reconstruction of the Production Shop No. 2520 existing facilities for the new EP-600 ethylene production complex" of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, they were deemed to be recognized as valid.
Projected measures as per the envisaged activities - implementation of the project "Reconstruction of the existing facilities of Shop 2520 for the new EP-600 ethylene production complex of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim" - were approved and supported by the participants of the public hearings: 88 persons voted "for",1 person-abstained.
A few days ago another, but not a less important stage in the construction of the new olefin plant EP-600 of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim was completed - several compressors were installed at a time. This equipment, weighing more than 50 tons, is designated to supply plant and instrumentation air to the production shops of the plant, necessary for the operation of all shutoff and control valves as well as instruments of future production units.
The installation of the compressors was preceded by the extensive work associated with the foundation preparation and installation of the auxiliary devices. 120 people are involved in this process. It is planned that all the necessary work on the compressors installation will be completed before the onset of cold weather, including the construction of the compressor building.In the meantime, the EP-600 construction is in full swing – works, involving 3,716 specialists, are underway on all fronts. Currently, 30% of the construction and installation works have been completed - underground networks and foundations are being arranged, structural steel pipe racks and stack-frames are being erected, pipeline process equipment and cable trays are being installed.
With comfort and social distancing - the central gatehouse located at the territory of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim first industrial area was opened after its repair. This event was preceded by a hard and thorough work of several departments and services of the enterprise, led by the Department of Economic Security, Safety and Regime, as well as the Facilities Administration.
The project of the renovated A-2 security gatehouse was developed by specialists from the Company's Design Centre. They created the optimum layout of the security gatehouse, as well as the entrance junction, taking into account the existing rules for security and anti-terrorist protection at the facilities of fuel and energy complex.
The engineering idea was launched in June this year. OOO Trest Tatspetsneftekhimremstroy was the general contractor of the project. Its specialists performed a tremendous volume of work under tight deadlines - from dismantling the security gatehouse to erecting of new blocks for accommodation of a spacious entrance hall with an area of over 600 m2, household and service premises for the security company and the access control desk. According to the project, the workers expanded the area of the security gatehouse in order to increase its capacity and create comfortable conditions for the staff to pass through, as well as to maintain social distance and unobstructed passage of the plant's employees, which is particularly vital in the current context of the coronavirus infection spread.
For example, the entry checkpoint area was doubled - 12 full-height rotor turnstiles were installed instead of 6 turnstiles. They are equipped with proximity card readers and arch metal detectors. Additionally, monitors and barriers, as well as Metro-type swing doors were installed to ensure orderly human flow. For the convenience and comfort of the company's employees, the entrance hall will be heated during the cold period.
There is also an information board at the gatehouse area, which displays data on the date and the current air temperature. In addition, the entry checkpoint is decorated with a LED city board - a kind of electronic version of the Board of Honour - here one can see photos of petrochemists who made a great contribution to the development of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.The landscaping works performed at gatehouse area will be completed within the next few days - lawns will be arranged and lighting will be installed. At the same time, the finishing works on the building's facade cladding and the arrangement of the service and amenity rooms are underway.
"Night at Neftekhim", under this name an unusual excursion took place at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim on 29 July. On this day, the young people of Nizhnekamsk had a unique opportunity to see the work of the enterprise at night for the first time. The event was organized on the eve of the Company's birthday – 31 July marks the 54th anniversary of the production of the first product at Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
They came here to admire the peculiar beauty of the numerous lighting lamps located at the process columns, industrial and administrative buildings of the enterprise, and to find out how the round-the-clock continuous work at the production plants was organized, they were about total 30 people.
The excursionists underwent safety instructions and set off on an exciting journey around Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The enterprise greeted them with thousands of lights that illuminate its territory at night. About 55 000 special lamps are used at the company's process units. All luminaires are equipped with energy-saving lamps, which have replaced the outdated lamps. 200-watt incandescent lamps were replaced with 44-watt lamps as part of the lighting network turnaround program from 2011 to 2017.
All this made it possible to reduce power consumption, increase the illumination of workplaces and production sites, ensure the safety of work and the safety of the technological process in the dark.
The organizers of the excursion made up the route in such a way that the visitors could get acquainted with the history of formation and development of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, see the production process on-line in a continuous mode. Thus, the activists, accompanied by Mr. Aidar Vagizov, Deputy Chief Process Engineer of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Ms. Elvira Dolotkazina, Assistant General Director for Work with Municipal Bodies and Mr. Oleg Shumkov, Chairman of the Trade Union Organization of the Company, visited the production facility, from where the history of the enterprise began, - the Central Gas Fractionation Unit (CGFU No. 1 ). On 31 July 1967, the first products were produced here. The excursionists visited the control room of the Central Gas Fractionation Unit, where they were told how the production process is carried out.
During the excursion, its participants learned a lot of interesting things about the Сompany. For instance, what kind of products and what types it produces, where it is used and where it is shipped to, why the flares are burning, how long are the pipelines at Nizhnekamskneftekhim and the internal railways. Tourists received comprehensive answers to all questions of interest.
The final point of the visit to the Company was a new production of SSBR Plant, where rubber is produced for the manufacture of environmentally friendly, so-called "green" tires, and thermoplastic elastomers for the manufacture of road and roofing covering materials. SSBR production process engineer, Mr.Damir Ibragimov, told the excursionists in detail about the properties of the new products and their areas of application. At the end of the excursion, every participant received a small piece of SSBR rubber as a souvenir.
When sharing their impressions of the night trip, Nizhnekamsk residents noted that the excursion turned out to be interesting, unusual and memorable.
On July 29, 2021, volunteer emergency response teams of the Company's divisions took part at the GSO-3 gas rescue training ground exercises. Mr. Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, greeted the participants of the competition. He noted the importance of enhancing the level of readiness of personnel for eventual emergencies.
Educational and training sessions are the main forms of acquiring practical skills in the localization and accident response by executives and specialists, personnel, non-staff emergency rescue teams. In general, the Company annually conducts about 5,000 drills and training sessions.
During the exercise, the teams of volunteer emergency response had to show their practical skills required to rectify the emergency situations. The competition included four stages.
It was necessary to remove and install plugs on the gas pipeline, remove the victim from the vessels, find and take the victim out of the gas-polluted area, and provide first aid.The exercise covered 13 teams. According to the results of the competition, the team of the SK Plant took the 1st place, the Plastics Plant took the second place, and the Water and Sewerage Lines and Waste Water Treatment team took the third place.
The hearings were held at the premises of the MBOU DO Children's Ecological and Biological Center by the videoconference. One hundred and forty five people attended the discussion.
Mr. Irek Aglyamov, First Deputy General Director, Chief Engineer of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim addressed the audience with a welcoming speech.
Mr. Oleg Grishakov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Environmental Protection, Head of the Environmental Safety Department, spoke about the company's sustainable development and environmental programs at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. He provided information on the project for the modernization of the wastes landfill, which is an important environmental protection facility, and its modernization will improve the ecological component of the Nizhnekamsk Region’s life.
Ms. Elena Petrova, Chief Engineer of SK Gidrokor LLC, made a report on the modernization project. She noted that the industrial waste landfill site was built according to the project of Giprokauchuk Design Institute and was put into operation in 1982. It is intended for storage of solid and slurred industrial waste of hazard classes III and IV. The waste landfill site is divided into two areas: a production area and a secondary area. The production area is a system of 48 map deposits isolated from each other.
As part of this modernization, it is intended to revamp the existing positive cut-off (diaphragm wall), that will ensure the protection of the soil and groundwater from the penetration of filtrate water from the landfill due to avoidance of the passage of groundwater through the landfill site and the release of contaminated water to the neighboring area. The changes will also affect the arrangement of the drainage system for collecting surface water, and the removal of leachate from the landfill. The regulating pond will also be modernized with an increase of the accumulating capacity and a platform for surface drainage, and collection of storm water will be equipped.
Revamp of eight waste disposal map deposits is planned to bring them in line with the current regulatory documents. The works include the leveling of the base of the areas with backfilling using uncontaminated soil, waterproofing of the bottom and slopes of the map deposits with geosynthetic materials.
Decommissioned will be 36 deposits. In this connection, reclamation actions will be carried out there.
The design solutions also provide for the modernization of the secondary areas of the landfill.
The activities scheduled in terms of the revamp are aimed at preventing and reducing the adverse effects of the facility on the environment (soil, surface and underground waters, atmospheric air), and to increase the service life of the landfill and bringing it up to environmental safety requirements. The scheduled timeline of the activities planned is maximum three years, including the phase of design and survey works.
Ms. Elena Petrova also noted that the finding based on the assessment materials for the impact of the project "Modernization of the Wastes Landfill" on the environment showed that the project documentation meets the requirements of the Russian environmental laws.
At public hearings, everyone could ask questions of interest and receive comprehensive answers to them.The hearings were acknowledged valid, and the draft EIA was brought to the attention of the population. The project "Modernization of the Wastes Landfill" was approved and supported almost unanimously: 134 people voted in favor, only 7 people abstained.
Can global warming be stopped? How can industrial plants reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? These and other issues formed the basis of the seminar on the topic “Global climate change and management of greenhouse gas emissions at the company level”, which was held for the specialists of the Company by the representatives of the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development under the auspices of UNESCO via video conferencing. The seminar was attended by Ekaterina Bliznetskaya, chief specialist of the Climate Policy Department of Carbonlab LLC, and Alexander Chernokulsky, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, member of the Council of Young Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The seminar was conducted in person at a meeting with the company's specialists, Mikhail Yulkin, an expert of the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development under the auspices of UNESCO. He is a member of the interdepartmental working group on economic aspects of environmental protection and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. Mikhail Yulkin announced data on the current state of affairs in the field of global climate change and noted that natural disasters now observed in different countries of the world are due to the impact of so-called greenhouse gases on the environment. These include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, synthetic chemicals, and water vapor. The excessive presence of these gases, which are sourced from industrial plants, has an adverse effect on the environment.
The world community considers regulation of greenhouse gas emissions to be one of the solutions to the problem. A similar system is currently in place in the United States and Canada. Russian industrial enterprises also follow this path.
Oleg Grishakov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Environmental Protection, Head of the Environmental Safety Department of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, told the audience about the company's experience in this area. The company conducts annually an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and participates in a project to disclose carbon reporting.
– Since 2016, Nizhnekamskneftekhim has been providing data - carbon reporting in CDP format at the request of global tire companies. In addition, the enterprise prepares reports on direct and indirect energy emissions on a voluntary basis according to the methods approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, - said Oleg Grishakov.
He also noted that in July of this year, a new federal law on limiting greenhouse gas emissions was issued, which comes into force in December, 2021. And, accordingly, Nizhnekamskneftekhim will, like all organizations, execute it. The company is ready for this.
Svetlana Yamkova, head of the environmental protection department of the Сompany, also added that in connection with the ongoing changes, and based on the requests of product consumers, a climate strategy will be formed in the near future.
Railroad transport department of the Company summed up the results of work for 6 months of 2021. The fulfillment of the plan for the volume of transportation of finished products during this period amounted to almost 2.5 million tons of cargo, this is an increase of 192.7 thousand tons in relation to 2020.
The department successfully copes with the tasks set for arrangement of cargo and commercial work to ensure the export of marketable products, receiving chemical raw materials, supplying tanks to loading and unloading racks and providing the company's divisions with serviceable rolling stock. Railroad transport department provides the entire range of services to third-party organizations - during the reporting period 1.2 million tons of cargo were transported. In addition, the department's specialists provide services for the scheduled types of freight car repairs. So, for 6 months of 2021, 657 units of rolling stock were repaired in the freight car repair depot, of which 292 cars of third-party organizations scheduled types of repairs were carried out on a contractual basis.
The department strictly monitors the condition of railway tracks, the length of which is over 68 km. Also, specialists of the track services serve 184 turnouts and 79 railway crossings.
In 2021, work was carried out on recertification to confirm the conformity of the application of the mark "1431" of the freight car repair depot at the Federal Agency for Railway Transport and the section for repairing diesel locomotives of the locomotive facility at Federal budgetary institution "Register of certification on federal railway transport".
The Coding Department has registered and assigned to the Company the BIC code "NKNU" for 25 containers owned by NKNK, which will allow the transportation of goods in these containers in international traffic.
At the construction site of the new EP-600 Olefin Complex of the Company these days another important stage of the project is underway. The installation of a 78-meter-span overpass with a weight of 315 tons has begun at the site. The overpass is intended for laying pipelines and cables.
The overpass consists of three sections. A special technique is used to assemble and secure the span.
- At the first stage of the overpass installation, we lift the block-modular part with a crawler crane with a lifting capacity of 350 tons. The second section of the span is a block-modular structure weighing 100 tons, we plan to use two cranes with a lifting capacity of 220 and 350 tons at its installation. The third section weighs 15 tons, we will lift it with a 100-ton crane and this will complete the installation. Our specialists have carefully planned this important work, we have been preparing for this for three months, - says Mazlum Shishmek, Head of Structural Steel at Gemont LLC.
Now about 3,200 persons work at EP-600 site, 2,300 of whom are builders of blue-collar occupations. Dmitry Yarovitsyn, Deputy General Director for Capital Construction of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, noted that the overall dynamics of construction is assessed positively - to date, construction and installation work has been completed by 30%. 100 out of 170 thousand cubic meters of concrete, structural concrete - about 35 thousand cubic meters are grouted. 18.5 thousand tons of steel structures out of 47.9 have been installed.
Another important event in the implementation of the project for the construction of a new CCGT-PP of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim has increased. A month after the firing up of the first gas turbine, on July 8, the specialists of the station launched a second similar plant. In August, it is planned to synchronize gas turbines No. 1 and No. 2. Concurrently with this, a whole complex of commissioning of the main and auxiliary equipment continues at the CCGT-PP, including testing the protection of the emergency power supply system, gas compressor, fire extinguishing system, auxiliary cooling system of the main building, cooling system of gaseous fuel preparation plant building, main circulating water system, condensate drainage system of waste-heat boilers, and booster compressor station cooling systems.
Also, personnel is being recruited at the CCGT-PP. A total of 92 specialists will be hired, about 80% of the shift personnel has already been staffed.
The new steam-gas 495 MW unit of the Company will become a reliable energy basis for both existing and new petrochemical plants. The products of associated petroleum gases processing from blow-offs of the production facilities of NKNK are the main type of fuel to be used. This will become an important competitive advantage for CCGT-PP, both from an economic point of view and the point of view of reducing the impact on the environment.For comparison: at the plants, where the classic steam-turbine cycle is implemented, the electrical efficiency is about 32%. And at CCGT-PP, the steam-gas cycle, due to its high efficiency, provides a higher electrical efficiency - about 50%. Moving from a steam - turbine to a steam-gas cycle, the power industry has made a real revolutionary breakthrough.