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On 9 November the players of the Neftekhimik hockey team visited PJSC Nizhne-kamskneftekhim to familiarize themselves with the production process, to get acquainted and communicate with employees of the company, which make a huge contribution to the development of hockey.
The production tour started with a video tutorial on safety induction. Every sportsman was provided with special clothes and shoes, a protective helmet and a gas mask.
Familiarization with the production facilities of the petrochemical giant began as soon as the bus entered the industrial hub. Mr. Irek Aglyamov, the First Deputy General Director – the Chief Engineer of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, who has been attempting not to miss a single home game of the team, hosted the guests and accompanied them in the territory. Irek Angamovich spoke about the history of the company, its development and the products of the enterprise.
One of the most popular types of products is synthetic rubber. It is produced at the SK plant. Here, sportsmen saw for the first time how rubber crumbs are obtained and bales are formed. Mr. Stepan Zakharchuk, the captain of the team of HC Neftekhimik, after visiting the plant said: "The guys who work here are just great".
The next item of the tour program was the production of polystyrene and polypropylene of the plastics plant. These products are used for manufacture of plastic products applied in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, medicine, and even the food industry. During the tour many players were impressed by the natural size of the enterprise.
- When you drive along the plants, it is always interesting to know, how and what it works there. Today we have familiarized ourselves with the industries and with the people who work here and do a great job. In addition, it is very nice that petrochemical workers cheer for us. We will try to win for them; - goalkeeper Konstantin Barulin shared his impressions.
No less exciting was the meeting of hockey players with the company's employees, because many of them are active fans of Neftekhimik. Mr. Vyacheslav Butsaev, the head coach of the team, thanked the employees of the company for their support at the matches. At the meeting, everyone could ask the players questions, as well as take pictures with them.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Matt White, the team striker, recognized as the best player in October, was awarded a branded T-shirt with the inscription - “You are just cosmos”.
As the head coach of the team noted, the tour turned out to be intense and insightful. He thanked everyone present for the cordial meeting and invited to the next home game with Spartak, Moscow, which will take place on 16 November at the Neftekhim Arena, and presented invitation cards.
- Come to see the game! We are expecting everyone to come and we will be glad to see you in the stands. Thanks for the meeting and the tour. See you! - summed up Vyacheslav Butsaev.
From 28 to 31 October, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim held a professional skills contest among the duty sections of the OGSO. 12 branch units attended the competition. The knowledge of unit leaders and gas rescuers in providing first aid to victims was assessed during the competition. Participants demonstrated professional skills in theoretical and practical competitions.
The combat readiness testing program of the duty sections included seven testing tasks: “Alarm response“, “Treatment of leaks”, “Search and carrying casualties”,“ Release of the injured”, “Fixing the bandage”, “Installation and removal of the plug”, “First aid to the injured." The correctness and sequence of the rescuer actions, as well as their efficiency were taken into account during their performance. A penalty time was added to the teams for each irregularity.
The gas rescuers of section No. 2, GSO-3 coped best with the tasks. The 4th section of the same duty section was awarded the second place. The third was for the representatives of GSO-2, section No. 4.
In October 2019, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim completed works on the change of outdoor switchgear equipment at the main step-down substations (MSDS) of the outdated “breaker isolated switch - short-circuit throwing switch” system with 110 kV gas-insulated circuit breakers. Thus, the company's power engineers completed one of the complex stages of organizational and technical activities for the change of equipment and implementation of solutions of the meeting protocol of Nizhnekamsk energy district of the Republic of Tatarstan dd 13.07.2013 dealing with improvement of the reliability of power supply to industrial consumers.
The breaker isolated switch - short-circuit throwing switch systems at the main step-down substations have been used since 1960, and their change was required with the increase of production capacity and the improvement of technological processes. They have no longer met up-to date requirements for the reliability of energy supply, allowing irregularities in the power supply of the entire industrial hub.
To ensure reliable and uninterrupted power supply to the plants and production facilities, it was necessary to remove the “breaker isolated switch - short-circuit throwing switch " systems from the power supply schemes. From 2006 to 2019, the change of the outdated equipment has been continuously carried out. In the first and second industrial areas of the joint stock company, the equipment worth more than 1 billion rubles has been changed at 15 main step-down substations.
The equipment has been replaced complete with relay protection devices at microprocessor protection devices.
The new installed equipment meets all modern requirements for the reliability of power supply, including those in case of emergency. It identifies a damaged part of the network with no occurrence of irregularities in the entire power supply circuit.
The completed stage of changing the outdated electrical equipment, as well as the ongoing works on replacing of 6 kV switchgears and the introduction of high-speed automatic transfer switches, altogether will significantly enhance the reliability of power supply to the production of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and the TAIF Group of Companies.
Thus, the conditions have been established for reliable operation of process units producing materials and reducing environmental impact.
The Ministry of Labor and Employment of the Republic of Tatarstan thanked the staff of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Mr. Azat Bikmurzin, the General Director, as the company deserved special attention for its responsible approach and high level of professional training in the field of safe working conditions at the workplace. Everyone knew this news after summing up the results of the Republican contest “Work at Height. Security - 2019”, which was held in Kazan on 17-18 October.
The best ones were chosen in the nominations “The best team working at height with the free access system” and “The best specialist in labor protection when working at height”.
Ms. Albina Rudich, the lead labor protection engineer, was a delegate of Nizhnekamskneftekhim at the competition. The girl showed a high level of knowledge and competence in labor protection issues during the theoretical and practical stages - identification of personal protective equipment during certain types of work, detection of irregularities during work at height, the correctness of work permits preparation, etc. As a result, the employee of Nizhnekamskneftekhim became the fourth of 10 participating in the nomination “The best specialist in labor protection when working at heights.
The Republican contest “Work at Height. Safety-2019” was held for the third time to promote the protection of labor and work conditions, to increase the efficiency of the state labor protection management system, and to draw attention to the issues of ensuring safe work conditions when working at height.
The competition was held by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Protection of the Republic of Tatarstan, jointly with the Regional Training Center.
Teachers of IDPO KNITU (Kazan) began to hold classes for line managers of the isoprene-monomer plant of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, on the complimentary advanced training program "Contemporary Aspects of Petrochemical Production Technology". Among the students of the classes are deputies and shop managers, heads of departments and facilities, total 30 persons.
The training will last several weeks. The university specialists, including professors, will provide petrochemical engineers with monomer production technologies, modeling methods and optimization methods, and highlight issues of improving labor efficiency and personnel management. This program was developed at the order of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, by scientists of the university, given by the isoprene monomer production plant specifics. After finishing classes, the plant managers will obtain advanced training certificates.
Similar training for the management team of Nizhnekamskneftekhim has been regularly held. This enables specialists to improve their professional level, improve knowledge and practical skills.
Specialists of Nizhnekamskneftekhim has held negotiations with over 100 companies during the 21st international specialized exhibition of plastics and rubber, and the equipment for their processing. The international exhibition K-2019 was held in Germany in Dusseldorf from 16 thru 23 October 2019.
Throughout this period, meetings were held both with partners who are currently using the products of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, as well as with new potential consumers. In addition, the specialists of Nizhnekamskneftekhim found more about the information presented at the stands of exhibitors and the development trends of the global polyolefin industry.
About 3,200 stands from over 50 countries of the world were operating at the K-2019 exhibition, where new industry developments and promising innovations were presented. Experts from many sectors met each other there: such as production of plastics and products, the processing of rubbers and production of rubber, mechanical engineering, packaging, the automotive industry, the chemical industry and many others.
The key topics included as follows: plastics as part of a sustainable development strategy, digitalization and system integration. The main trend in Europe, which is also being implemented in Russia today, is the environment preservation with recycled materials in products, and the plastic packaging use reduction. The idea of a “closed-loop economy” for secondary plastics is becoming one of the strategies for leading global companies.
When studying international experience, the specialists of Nizhnekamskneftekhim paid special attention to solutions in the field of plastics recycling and involving them in a closed processing cycle, as well as the possibility of developing new innovative materials of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
Today, a public hearing was held at the College of Petrochemicals and Oil Refining. The project documentation was reviewed, including the materials of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Nizhnekamsk in the NMR of the Republic of Tatarstan relating to a facility of the state environmental examination "Construction of methanol production capacitating to annual 500 thousand tons" of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
The discussion was attended by Mr. Airat Shigapov, the Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan, representatives of the Executive Committee of the city of Nizhnekamsk and the NMR, deputies of the Nizhnekamsk City Council, public officials, experts, and residents of the city and the region. 308 people were registered to the public hearing.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim presented a new methanol production project, which will be built using the most modern technologies.
Azat Bikmurzin, the General Director of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, welcoming the audience, in his speech focused their attention on the big job the company is carrying out in the field of reducing the environmental impact. Since 2001, air emissions have been reduced by 57%. A large-scale revamp of biological treatment facilities has been successfully carried out with introduction of the most modern technologies. An action plan has been developed to further reduce air emissions. The new methanol production is one of the important projects to minimize environmental impact.
As part of the project documentation, engineering surveys were performed, including environmental surveys, which have not revealed any factors that impede the planned construction. Ms. Elena Afanasyeva, the deputy director for engineering, Moscow office of NIIK, the Carbamide and Organic Synthesis Research Institute, spoke about this in her report. As part of the EIA revision, a public health risk assessment was carried out, and project approval was obtained from the authorized bodies of the Republic of Tatarstan - the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology. The NIIK has provided additional actions to minimize negative environmental impacts, which will facilitate the reduction of atmospheric emissions by 43.8% and reduce water consumption by 34.4%.
To evaluate how the projected methanol production will affect atmospheric air quality and public health, special calculations on the dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere were performed. The calculation result analysis indicates to compliance with the MPC for populated areas at all control points. For all substances, emissions are in line with the regulations. It was established that the introduced air pollution by the designed production given by emissions of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim will not pose a risk to public health, which is confirmed by the conclusion of the RT Hygiene and Epidemiology Center issued on 27 September 2019. There are none of vibration and electromagnetic effect sources in the designed facility.
Mr. Anton Tokinov, the project manager of methanol plant noted in his report that the new methanol production will by 3 times reduce emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere, compared to the outdated plants built over 40 years ago. The Haldor Topsoe unit is designed in such a way that it allows processing and using 70 thousand tons of carbon dioxide as an additional source of raw materials, that is, CO2, which is currently emitted into the atmosphere.
In addition, the project provides for the absence of contaminated effluents, which will be achieved by multiple purification and return to the process cycle of all streams. And the unit does not require changing the size and boundaries of the sanitary protection zone. It will be built at the site of three dismantled, morally and physically outdated units designed and commissioned back in the 60 to 70s of the last century. In addition, emissions from diesel locomotives involved in the transportation of methanol will decrease by 100 tons per year, which is about 7,000 tanks per year.
The construction of a new methanol production facility in Nizhnekamsk will have a positive effect on the socio-economic development of the region. More than 200 new jobs will be established, employment opportunities for graduates of local universities and colleges will appear, and tax payments to the budgets of the republic and city will increase with the growth of rubber production.
According to Mr. Rodion Bulashov, the Deputy General Director for Human Resources and Social Affairs, being the next speaker, Nizhnekamskneftekhim plays a significant role in the social welfare of the city. As a follower of Nikolai Lemaev’s traditions, the legendary head of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, whose 90th birthday is celebrated this year, the company continues its city-forming mission. Over the past five years, 522 million rubles have been allocated for the improvement of Nizhnekamsk. Charitable funds were allocated for the repair of municipal, intra-quarter and industrial roads, the reconstruction of the Kama River embankment and the improvement of Nikolai Lemaev Square. At the expense of the company’s facilities, a pedestrian area adjacent to the Neftekhim Arena Ice Palace was equipped, and funds were allocated for the repair of the House of Folk Arts, which had been donated to the city. Further plans for the improvement of Nizhnekamsk were announced, including the reconstruction of children's health camps, the development of sports infrastructure and the construction of a high-tech medical center.
After the presentation of the project, anyone could ask questions of interest, to which comprehensive answers were given.
As a result of an open vote, public hearings were acknowledged valid. The attendees at the hearing approved and supported the scheduled activities for the planned business project “Construction of methanol production with a capacity of 500 thousand tons per year” of PJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
Azat Bikmurzin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, took part in the World Urban Parks -2019 World Congress, which was held in Kazan from 18 to 20 October. The Congress brought together experts from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Africa, Europe and the CIS countries. This year it gathered over 130 speakers and 1,500 delegates from all five continents. The main topic of discussion was the development of parks and cities in the interests of environmental sustainability and the wellness of citizens.
Azat Bikmurzin participated as a speaker in the panel discussion “The economy of values. Models of financing natural areas.” He presented his report “Economy of the company's environmental programs and the greening of production facilities” to the audience.
In his speech, Azat Bikmurzin noted that Nizhnekamskneftekhim gives principal emphasis to improving the environment, and is investing substantial amounts in its resolution. To this end, the company has been implementing the fourth environmental program ever since 2001. Its activities are aimed at the application of modern technologies, the conservation of natural resources, the use of emitted gases as fuel, the optimization of the process conditions, etc.
As a result, in 2014 to 2018, the specific feed consumption decreased by 8.4%, thermal energy - by 4.2%, water for plant use - by 9.5%; specific air emissions were reduced by 17%.
Over the past 5 years, the consumption of fresh river water has decreased - by 4 mln 596 thou. cubic meters, i.e. by 6.4%.
During the environmental program activity since 2014, 96 subdivisions of Nizhnekamskneftekhim have implemented 96 actions to reduce air pollutant emissions, the costs amounted to about 715 mln rubles.
Due to introduction of environmental protection actions, enhancing process discipline, change of equipment a good one, and return of effluents to the fuel network in the context of an intensive increase of the commercial product output, the company managed to reduce atmospheric emissions from 2001 by 27,370 tons, or by 57%, given by a double increase of commercial product output.
A large-scale revamp of biological treatment plants has been carried out: the most modern technologies and the latest equipment have been introduced. The total cost of implementing this project, including the construction of a new header, amounted to 3 bln rubles.
Today, employees of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim planted 250 items of deciduous and coniferous trees along the Sobolekovskaya highway. The event was held as part of the Green Wave environmental campaign. It was attended by more than 30 activists of the company, headed by Rodion Bulashov, Deputy General Director for Human Resources and Social Affairs, and Fanis Murtazin, the Chairman of the trade union organization. They planted several trees in own person.
Pine and birch trees were chosen for planting, as these are the varieties of trees that take root well in our climate, survive at high temperatures and soil compaction well. Petrochemical employees regularly participate in the campaign for planting trees, landscaping and cleaning the city. Thus, last autumn, through the efforts of the company's employees, more than 500 seedlings were planted.
At the plant of oligomers and glycols, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim started production of solid polyethylene glycol (TPEG).
Today, these products are applied in many industries and used in the life of every Russian family. TPEG is used as a viscosity regulator, antistatic agent, softener, gelatinizing, granulating and tableting auxiliary substances in the ceramic, rubber technical industry.
Solid polyethylene glycol is also used in the pharmaceutical industry, for the dissolution of liquid drugs, the production of suppositories, ointments and tablets.
In addition, TPEG serves as the basis for cosmetics, in particular creams for skin care, in the production of detergents. TPEG consumers are Russian and foreign companies.
At Nizhnekamskneftekhim, TPEGs are produced by workshop No. 6711, and workshop No. 6712 serves as the storage and shipment site. Here, new unique equipment is the crystallization unit, as well as a robot-aided product packaging line — was put into operation.
Finished TPEG is packed in dense three-layer paper bags of 25 kg each. In the future, factory workers plan to use polypropylene containers up to 1000 kg - big bags for packaging solid polyethylene glycol.