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World Environment Day is celebrated on the 5th of June. To minimize the impact on it is one of the primary tasks of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. To this end, the company has adopted the V environmental program for 2021-2025. As part of increasing the environmental efficiency of production, it is planned to develop existing and build new environmental facilities, reduce waste generation, emissions and discharges, improve the quality of treated wastewater, create an automated system for monitoring emissions and discharges of pollutants.
- We are very pleased that we have approved the fifth environmental program. It is extensional in terms of financing and the list of work to be performed. The figure is tremendous- over 12 billion rubles. The amount of funding for the previous one is more than 7 billion, and it has shown its effectiveness and necessity. We see this in the reduction of emissions and the consumption of river water. But the most important thing, and 2020 was very indicative, is that the population complaints about odors in the town decreased by four times. At the same time, none of the complaints related to the activities of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. This proves and shows that we are on the right track. The Company, as a socially oriented enterprise, is taking the right steps to improve the lives of its citizens. I think we will fully implement this program and it will have a positive effect on the life of the town and the activities of the enterprise, - said Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
From year to year, the enterprise demonstrates high results of the large-scale environmental work done. As a result of the implementation of environmental programs, from 2001 to 2020, the output of commercial products of the Company increased by 64 percent, while the gross emission of pollutants was reduced by 63.9 percent.
Within the framework of the fourth environmental program, the period of which covered the term from 2014 to 2020, 490 environmental measures were carried out, and 7.96 billion rubles were financed.
- The adopted V environmental program for 2021-2025 is a component of the TAIF Group's activities in the field of sustainable development, which includes industrial safety, labor protection, and social activities. It should be said that this environmental program is only a small part of the activities carried out by the Company in the field of environmental protection. This applies not only directly to activities related to the impact on the environment, but this can include a number of areas for the production of environmentally friendly products, rubbers for the production of "green" tires, reducing the carbon footprint in our products. Therefore, all this work pleases me, as a member of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, and my colleagues. This is a systematic work arranged in the enterprize for the sustainable development of the company. It gives rise to hope that in addition to the growth of production, economic results, the quality of life of citizens, living standards of the employees of the enterprise, and of course, the welfare of the Republic of Tatarstan and all its residents will grow, - said Ruslan Gizzatullin,
the Deputy General Director of PSC TAIF for Energy and Information Technologies, member of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim..
The most significant projects in recent years with a total cost of more than 3 billion rubles were the reconstruction of biological treatment facilities (BFW) and the construction of a new 15-kilometer industrial storm and run off drain sewer. With the commissioning of the new sewer, the threat of effluent entering the soil and water bodies was eliminated, and the reliability of the effluent transportation from the industrial site to the treatment facilities was ensured. Reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant made it possible to improve the qualitative composition of chemically contaminated wastewater, which is subsequently fed to biological treatment, as well as to the purification of polluted air to the level of regulatory requirements.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim signed an agreement with Electrotechmontazh (ETM) company on the supply of electrical equipment. The relevant document was signed on May 25, 2021. The ceremony was attended by Timur Shigabutdinov, Deputy General Director, Commercial Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Sergei Mironov, General Director of LLC Electrotechmontazh.
The agreement provides for ordering equipment directly through the iPro Internet platform, which will significantly save procurement time and increase the efficiency of Nizhnekamskneftekhim’s supply system.
Now, to conduct a purchase, the company's divisions do not need to carry out the selection procedure and agree on technical characteristics. Specialists will be able to choose independently the necessary items in their online cart, which makes it possible to reduce the delivery time of electrical equipment from four months to two weeks, and in some cases even up to several days. The iPro system allows you to select equipment, find a replacement, evaluate novelties and unique market solutions, receive notifications about the arrival of expected goods or the readiness of orders for issuance. The online store is automatically updated - the user receives accurate and current information on the product. All this greatly simplifies the planning of repairs in the long term.
The agreement with ETM is a part of a comprehensive program to improve the supply system of the Company. It provides, among other things, the establishment of work with online stores to arrange direct, efficient deliveries that eliminate unnecessary administrative costs.
On May 27 Dmitriy Konov, Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC SIBUR Holding, accompanied by Ruslan Shigabutdinov, General Director of JSC TAIF, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, visited the main production facilities of the company. So, they examined synthetic rubber and plastics plants, the shipping and storage areas for finished products.
During the visit, the top managers discussed the implementation of the main investment projects of the Company. In particular, the leaders attended the construction site of the new 600 KTA Ethylene Complex. Here Lenar Nagimullin, the Director of EP-600 detailed the current state of affairs of the facility сonstruction.
Currently, construction and installation works are continued throughout the construction site - metal structures are being assembled and equipment for pyrolysis furnaces is being installed, a reinforced сoncrete structure of the cooling tower basin is developed and circulation pumps are being installed, concrete works are continuing at substations and the central control room. Also, the assembly of the metal structure of the support mast of the flare stack and pipe racks, equipment structures are performed.
To carry out construction works, the contractor mobilized 2,792 employees, of which 2,031 specialists work directly on the construction site, the rest work at the bases for the re-fabrication of pipe assemblies and the equipment warehouse.
Commissioning of EP-600 complex is scheduled for 2023.
A large, bright and eventful program for residents and guests of the town was prepared by the Company for the Day of the Chemist. The main action of the holiday took place in the Neftekhimik Park on May 26.
The evening began with the work of interactive playgrounds, various photo zones were arranged. The children were entertained with life-size puppets and a soap bubble show.
The organizers of the holiday have prepared an interesting program for sports fans. Families with children were able to take part in “Veselyy start” and other sports competitions. Also, those who came to the holiday got acquainted with the presentation of the sections of the sports club "Neftekhimik". In addition, everyone could take part in the master class "The World of Workers' Professions", arranged by students of the Lemaev College of Petrochemistry and Oil Refining.
The trade union library of the Company prepared knowledge-based entertainment for the guests of the holiday – cross booking. Everyone could choose for reading the favorite fiction or popular science literature. There was also an exhibition at which the library fund about the history and development of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, as well as its legendary leaders, was presented.
At the same time, the performance of the participants of the choir school "Dream", the folklore ensemble "Zabavushka", as well as employees of the Company - participants of the festival of creativity of working youth took place on the stage.
The musical evening was continued by artists from Kazan cover group "Stevia", who performed the rousing Russian and foreign hit songs.
Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim also addressed everyone who came to the holiday from the stage - he congratulated the townspeople on the Day of the Chemist.
The main gift for the residents and guests of Nizhnekamsk that evening was the performance of the young singer Vanya Dmitrienko and the Dabro group. The artists performed their most famous hits. The event in the Neftekhimik Park ended with a festive fireworks.
On May 26, as part of the celebration of the Chemist’s Day in the Republic of Tatarstan the grand opening of 60 KTA production facility for making new types of products - solution styrene butadiene synthetic rubber (SSBR) and styrene-butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomers (TPE SBS) took place in Nizhnekamskneftekhim, with the participation of Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The ceremony was attended by Albert Karimov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ruslan Shigabutdinov, General Director of JSC TAIF, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Dmitriy Konov, Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC SIBUR Holding, Aidar Metshin, Head of Nizhnekamsk Municipal District, Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and other officials.
The guests were shown the production site of the new SSBR facility, which is a strategic project of the company. Its construction began in 2019. The active phase of the project took place at the time of the introduction of stringent restrictive measures related to pandemic coronavirus infection. However, all construction works were completed in full.
The solution styrene-butadiene synthetic rubber produced by petrochemists is very attractive for tire manufacturers. The use of SSBR in the manufacture of tires allows to achieve an increase in their service life, better grip on wet, icy roads and fuel economy. Moreover, SSBR can find application in the production of various kinds of rubber products.
Another new type of polymer made at this facility is styrene-butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomers (TPE- SBS). These products are used as additives to bituminous concrete surfacing and roofing materials. The key features of TPEs are high compatibility with road and roofing bitumen, an optimal balance of mechanical strength and elasticity, as well as the potential of multiple processability with no quality characteristics deteriorated. The cost of bituminous concrete surfacing with thermoplastic elastomer added is increased by 1%, and the service life of the asphalt is doubled.
During the construction of the new production facility, the most modern technologies that meet international industrial and environmental safety standards were used. A state-of-the-art air pollution control unit is used for the new rubber finishing line, this additional measure prevents the release of pollutants into the atmosphere.
At the plant site the guests were also shown specimens of antiseptic developed by the specialists of the Company, which is now actively used for own needs. In addition, those present were shown the operation of reverse vending machine designed for the recycling of plastic wastes. SSBR production facility was one of the first to install such equipment.
Rustam Minnikhanov, RT President congratulated the petrochemists and presented letters of thanks to four employees of the enterprise - Anatoliy Poretskov, Lyudmila Andrianova, Alexander Ignatiev and Vladimir Shushkov.
– There is a good tradition on Chemist's Day - we come to Nizhnekamsk, open a new modern production facility, - stressed the head of the republic. - Today it is 60 Kta solution styrene butadiene synthetic rubber plant. It is a state-of-the-art product that all auto tire manufacturers need. This is a marginal and very good product. It is important to note that this facility сould be constructed only with the high scientific and technical potential of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. I would like to thank the TAIF Group of Companies for such projects and congratulate all of you on the Day of the Chemist, wish everyone health, success, take care of your close ones and yourself.
Ruslan Shigabutdinov, General Director of JSC TAIF, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim also made a welcoming speech to the participants of the ceremonial launch of the facility:
- It is the most advanced fifth generation functionalized rubber with exceptional performance and is one of the key elements of the global “green” economy in the automotive tire industry. With the start of the production of these high-tech products, Nizhnekamskneftekhim has risen to the next level in the field of modern synthetic materials, showing the whole world an example of the high professionalism of the petrochemical workforce of Tatarstan. With the commissioning of this facility, we are definitely becoming a "supermarket" of rubber, a unique enterprise in the world that produces almost the entire line of rubbers here in Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan.
Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, also noted the importance of the newly commissioned facility:
- SSBR production facility is a strategically important project for the company, and we were able to implement it successfully, despite the difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic. SSBR has valuable qualities for tire production. It is used to create environmentally friendly, so-called "green tires" that have high wear resistance, frost resistance and dynamic endurance. I express my gratitude to the entire team for their dedicated work, professionalism, firmness and insistence shown during the construction and preparation for the launch of facility. Also, I render sincere gratitude to the management of the TAIF Group of Companies, to you, dear Mr. Minnekhanov, for your constant attention to the activities of our company and all-round support for our projects. Of course, a special gratitude to the developers, builders and employees of the company, who made a lot of effort to make today's holiday take place.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim has mastered the production of a new type of product - the high-molecular oxyethylated product N-PEG-2400. It is intended for the production of fifth generation superplasticizers for concrete mixes. N-PEG-2400 based universal additives allow the concrete to be stored longer before use. In addition, the strength of the concrete coating increases significantly.
Know-how is a joint development of the employees of the company's R & D center and specialists of the Oligomers and Glycols Plant. To implement the plan, the petrochemists carried out the technical re-equipment of one of the existing production facilities - neonol unit.The new product is being homologated by processors. The main consumer of N-PEG-2400 is a Swiss chemical company specializing in the production of concrete mixes and having facilities in Asia, Europe and America.
As part of the implementation of the electric power distribution scheme objects of the CCGT-TPP under construction, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim continues work on compensatory planting of green spaces on the municipal land plots of Nizhnekamsk and Tukayevsky districts instead of the high-voltage power lines and other facilities removed during the construction of Zharkov DSS-110 kV. Based on the permission received from the executive committee of the Ishteryakovsky rural settlement, coniferous and deciduous trees are currently being planted in the Ishteryakovo village of the Tukaevsky region in addition to the 6 700 trees planted in 2019 and 2020 in the Nizhnekamsk region. On April 30th, the management of the Chief Energy Engineer Division, the Power Supply Division and the Directorate of the CCGT-TPP under construction together with the project management of the general contractor, Siemens Energetika JSC, took part in planting of dozens of spruces and birches near the Ishkei lake, located in the village of Ishteryakovo.
Compensatory planting is carried out according to the principle "instead of one cut down tree – two trees ". In total, petrochemists will plant 1100 trees under the project for landscaping the land plots of the Tukaevsky district. The work is expected to be completed by May 15, 2021.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim is constantly conscious of its responsibility for creating a favorable environment and pays great attention to the preservation and development of the green fund in the city and the region. Compensatory planting of trees during the implementation of the CCGT-TPP facility has been started since 2019.
The public hearings on the implementation of the project “ Halobutyl rubber production technical re-equipment up to 200 thousand tons /year” took place at School No. 31 on April 30, 2021. Public discussions of the project documentation, including materials of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regarding the object of the state ecological expertise was held online. A total of 298 people participated in the hearings, 180 of them watched the hearings via Zoom.
Marat Khairov, Director of Butyl Rubber Plant at Nizhnekamskneftekhim, made a report on the project. He told that the production of halobutyl rubber was launched over 15 years ago, in March 2004. The production technology of this rubber was developed by Yarsintez R&D Centre. Nowadays there are no analogues of such productions in Russia. Halobutyl rubber is used to manufacture tubeless tyres, which are more eco-friendly and cost effective. Fuel consumption is reduced when using them. That is why the demand for such tires is growing year after year. In respect thereof, the management of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim made a decision to increase the production of halobutyl rubber - the necessary feedstock for tire manufacturers around the world- by reducing the butyl rubber output. As a result, the total capacity of the Butyl Rubber Plant will not increase. The design capacity of the new production line is 50 thousand tons per year. Expansion of the production is not required. In addition, implementation of the project implies the replacement of equipment, that was used in the production of butyl rubber, with modern, high-tech and environmentally friendly one. The project envisages the erection of a modern rubber separating and drying unit by “Welding Engineers”, Swiss Company. It is designed to use a system treating waste air from rubber dust. The equipment installed in degassing and halogenation sections will be leak-tight. Process management will be fully automatic. Dismantling of the I-4D unit and implementation of 2014-2020 Environmental Program measures at the plant with the partial removal of butyl rubber drying units from the operation during the construction of new facilities will allow to keep a zero emissions balance into the atmosphere.
The results of the environmental impact assessment of the "Technical re-equipment of halobutyl rubber production up to 200 thousand tons per year" project demonstrated that the project documentation meets the requirements of the Russian environmental legislation and the impact on the environment is expected to be within the regulatory values.
Petrochemical products of the future and new projects of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim – that was the topic brought up today by Airat Safin, the Head of the Company to the attention of Mikhail Mishustin, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, during his visit to the exhibition center "Kazan Expo". Large industrial enterprises and organizations of the republic presented their stands here. The exhibition was organized as part of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting.
At Nizhnekamskneftekhim exposition Mikhail Mishustin, the Head of the RF Government, was told about the company's activities relating to the production of a wide range of petrochemical products, which are supplied to Russian and foreign consumers. In 2021, the company released four new innovative products, i.e. SSBR - synthetic rubber of the fifth generation, SKD-777 rubber, TEP thermoplastic elastomer and H-PEG-2400 polyethylene glycol.
Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, spoke about the company's main ongoing investment projects - the construction of a new olefin complex with a capacity of 600 thousand tons of ethylene per year and its derivatives. The complex will facilitate targeted products output increase as well as contribute to the development of the region and its social infrastructure. One more project is a new combined cycle gas turbine unit with a capacity of 495 MW. The CCGT-TPP will make it possible to dispose products of petroleum gas processing and simultaneously generate electrical energy to supply power to new and existing production facilities of the enterprise.
Mr. Roman Golovchenko, Prime Minister of Belarus paid a working trip to Kazan today. Here the head of the Government of Belarus took part in a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, which was attended by the Prime Ministers of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. During the meeting, they discussed the urgent tasks of deepening integration in the context of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The attendees paid special attention to the functioning of the internal market, customs and tariff regulation and the perspectives of cooperation in the field of space research.
And, in the contest of the meeting, an exhibition and presentation of the largest industrial enterprises and companies of the Republic was held. Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Mr. Roman Golovchenko, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, visited the stand of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. Mr. Airat Safin, General Director of the Company, explained in detail of the main types of products manufactured at the company, and about the progress of the implementation of major investment projects.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim manufactures and supplies a wide range of petrochemical products to the market for Russian and foreign consumers. The Company's export geography includes 52 countries in Europe, America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
As the Head of Nizhnekamskneftekhim noted, the Company was one of the top 10 world producers of synthetic rubbers. Over 700 tons of these products are produced here annually. Its main consumers are well-known tire companies in Europe and Asia.
The enterprise is actively developing new types of rubber. Thus, from the latest know-how - SSBR-rubber, which is a feed material for the manufacture of environmentally friendly "green" tires, and SKD-777, used for production of high-speed and safe tires. The head of the company also noted that at present Nizhnekamskneftekhim is a manufacturer of the entire range of rubber used in the global tire industry. Talking about new types of products, Mr. Airat Safin noted the thermoplastic elastomer, recently obtained at the production of SSBR. It is a new additive for road and roofing materials. TPE products are safe and long lasting. The main advantage of this polymer is that it builds a spatially elastic lattice in the bitumen, which gives it the function of an elastomer. The sheet does not crack and can withstand temperature extremes. Another product is H-PEG-2400. It is used as an agent for synthesis of concrete mix superplasticizers. Such concrete can be stored longer before use, it increases the design strength.
Mr. Airat Safin also focused on the production of plastic. As the General Director said, in 2020 the Company maintained its strategic orientation for the sale of this type of product in the countries of the Unified Customs Tariff of the Eurasian Economic Union. In the second half of 2020, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim increased the share of plastic supplies to the markets of the Unified Customs Tariff countries, EACU, that is, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, up to 98.2% of the overall production.
Airat Safin also spoke about the main investment projects of Nizhnekamskneftekhim. In particular, they talked about the construction of a new Olefin Complex of 600 KTA ethylene and its derivatives. The complex will facilitate the increase of production of targeted high value added plastic and rubber. The strategic project will become a real accelerator for the development of the region and its social infrastructure.
Another project of the Company is a new combined cycle gas turbine plant (CCGT). The commissioning of this thermal power plant capacity\ting to 495 MW will make it possible to utilize petroleum gas processing products and at the same time generate electricity to supply power to new and existing production facilities of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.