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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.
Today, employees of the environmental safety department and young activists of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, teachers of the MBU DO "Children's Ecological and Biological Center", and Nizhnekamsk volunteers took part in a joint environmental campaign. They carried out a large-scale cleaning in the territory of the so-called "Borkovskaya Dacha", which is located near the village of Borok around the Pros Lake.
The area of over 1000 ha was tidied up by more than three dozen people. The ecological troops removed the garbage resulted from the activities of careless citizens - abandoned plastic bags, bottles, packaging and other waste.
The location for the environmental campaign was not chosen by chance. Since 1977, Borkovskaya Dacha has been included in the list of natural monuments and has the status of a specially protected natural area.
- This territory is unique, the place really amazes with its beauty and grace. Rare plants grow here, over 200 species of which are listed in the Red Book. Our challenge is to maintain the beauty of nature, while keeping tidiness, so today the team of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim is here to clean up the site. PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim has a responsible attitude to environmental protection, love for nature is the main challenge of our enterprise, - said Elena Galimova, the head of the environmental supervision department of the environmental safety department of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
A total of 700 kg of garbage was collected there. Employees of the city-forming enterprise annually participate in such environmental campaigns. This year, petrochemists have gone out to clean up the territories several times.
The Tatarstan International Forum on Energy Resource Efficiency and Environment-2021 was solemnly opened in Kazan today. The representatives of federal authorities, sectoral ministries and departments, management staff and lead experts of industrial enterprises from over 40 regions of Russia and neighboring countries have gathered here. This is a good opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and receive up-to-date information on key topics in the field of power.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim traditionally takes part in this forum. In its program is the XXI International Specialized Exhibition “Energy. Resource Saving". The petrochemical plant's stand attracts the increased attention of the guests of the event every year.
Touring the exhibition, Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan, and Mr. Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, carefully familiarized themselves with the presentation of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. It was presented by Mr. Airat Safin, General Director of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. He said that in 2000 the company adopted the first five-year energy saving program. When it was being developed, the management of the enterprise proceeded not only from economic and production expediency. It was important for them to preserve natural resources for future generations and ensure environmental safety. After the successful implementation of the first "five-year plan" it was followed by the second, third and fourth plans.
For the period from 2000 to 2020, 1445 energy saving measures were implemented at PJSC "Nizhnekamskneftek-him". As a result of the measures taken, the company managed to save 5 billion rubles, 400 million kWh of electricity, 6.5 million Gcal of thermal energy, 200 thousand tons of fuel equivalent.
This year, the Сompany launched the fifth energy saving program, calculated until 2025. In the program, 133 events are planned. It is intended to save: 283.5 mln rubles, 30 mln kWh electric energy, 157 thousand Gcal of thermal energy, 200 000 tons of standard fuel.
And, to supply energy and improve energy efficiency of the existing and future production facilities, PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim continues to implement a project to build its own power plant CCGT-TPP of 495 MW.
In 2020, petrochemists carried out 61 environmental actions, financed 828 million rubles. In general, within the framework of the IV environmental program, designed for 2014-2020, 423 measures were implemented, about 7.2 billion rubles were financed.
Mr. Airat Safin focused the guests' attention to new types of products. At the beginning of the year, the first bale of the fifth generation of rubber was produced in a pilot mode at a new production of styrene-butadiene synthetic rubber (SSBR) of 60 KTA to produce new, environmentally friendly "green" brands of vehicle tires. Now Nizhnekamsknefte-khim produces the entire range of rubber used in the global tire industry.
In 2020, petrochemists performed 61 environmental activities, financed 828 mln rubles. In general, within the scope of the IV environmental program, 423 actions were implemented planned for 2014-2020, about 7.2 bln rubles were financed.
In March 2021, the first lot of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) was produced at the new SSBR production facility. The key features of TPE are high mechanical strength and the possibility of multiple processing with no harm to the environment done. It is used to modify road and roofing materials. Pilot tests were carried out to develop the technology for obtaining linear and branched grades. Prototypes were sent to consumers for testing.
Petrochemists have developed new brands of butadiene and styrene-butadiene rubber. Thus, lithium polybutadiene SKD-777 is superior to the imported rubber in a number of key characteristics. It features better wet grip, lower rolling resistance and durability. SKD-777 is used in the formulation of tread rubber compounds in the production of passenger and light truck tires of summer and all-season range. Pilot lots of SKD-777 were sent to consumers for the manufacture of tires and road tests.
According to the results of the forum and the results of competition "Energy-efficient equipment and technologies", PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim became the owner of the II degree diploma. The award was given for replacing a fuel oil boiler house by a gas boiler house at a biological waste treatment plant.
In line with the first meeting of the Board of Directors of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim held on 19 April 2021 after the election at the annual General Meeting of Shareholders of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Mr. Ruslan Shigabutdinov was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Airat Safin was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Ildar Abdurashitov was appointed Secretary of the Board of Directors..
By the decision of the Board of Directors, the Management Board of PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim was elected, consisting of: Mr. Airat Safin, Mr. Boris Averyanov, Mr. Irek Aglyamov, Mr. Rodion Bulashov, Mr. Ruslan Gatin, Ms. Alla Yevstafieva, Mr. Oleg Nesterov, Mr. Timur Shigabutdinov, Mr. Dmitry Yarovitsyn, and Mr. Ilfar Yyakhin.
Members of the Committees of the Board of Directors and Chairmen of Committees of the Board of Directors were elected.
The Board of Directors decided to prepare the Work Plan of the Board of Directors and its Committees for the period
By the decision of the Board of Directors, the Management Board of PJSC "Nizhnekamskneftekhim" was elected, consisting of: Airat Safin
The Board of Directors decided to prepare the Work Plan of the Board of Directors and its Committees for the period of 2021 to 2022.
On April 21, representatives of OOO Togliattikauchuk went on an excursion to the biological treatment facilities of Nizhnekamskneftekhim PJSC. The guests were shown and told in detail about the unique technologies of wastewater treatment used at biological waste treatment plant.
A sightseeing tour for manufacturers was conducted by Mr. Sergey Boyarkin, the Head of Department for Water Supply and Sewage, and Waste Water treatment. The delegation was one of the first to visit the biofeedback laboratory. Here, around the clock, specialists control the quality of wastewater treatment, as well as examine samples of air, water and soil.
The visit to the ecological site continued in the bar screen building intended for the reception of industrial and waste water. As part of the first stage of a large-scale reconstruction in 2016, this facility underwent a "complete restart". A unit for mechanical treatment of domestic and chemically contaminated wastewater, aerated sand traps, a mixer for domestic and chemically contaminated wastewater, a pump for emptying mixers, electric cable racks were also newly built and re-equipped, and special installations for neutralizing steam-gas mixtures were installed. After the works performed, the complexes have become airtight. The use of closed-type aeration tanks made it possible to blow off and trap offensive chemical odors released during the treatment process.
In 2019, during the second phase of the biofeedback reconstruction, specialists introduced another unique treatment method - the latest gas treatment units - biofilters. They are block boxes that are inhabited by special types of bacteria. It is these microorganisms that neutralize offensive odors. This technology is one of the best in Europe. The treatment efficiency of gas emissions reaches 95%.
During the excursion, visitors asked many questions related to the operation of the waste treatment facilities, and received comprehensive answers from the BFB staff.
- We came here for getting knowledge, experience that Nizhnekamskneftekhim has got. We could see the results of the first and second stages of modernization. What we saw, of course, is impressive in its scale. There are some findings, and after discussion, I think, we shall be able to apply in one way or another at our enterprise, - shared his impressions General Director of OOO Togliattikauchuk, Yuri Morozov.
Today the winners of the XXI All-Russian competition "Engineer of the Year 2020" were awarded at PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim. The ceremony took place at the meeting of the company's directors. Diplomas and commemorative medals were presented to the winners by Mr. Airat Safin, the Director General of the Company.
Three employees of Nizhnekamskneftekhim were recognized as laureates of the prestigious competition. The title of "Professional Engineers" was awarded to Mr. Maxim Sarvarov, Deputy Head of the Directorate of the EP-600 plant under construction, and Mr. Rafael Gatin, Deputy Head of Shop No. 1531 of the Synthetic Rubber plant.
According to the version "The Engineering Art of the Young People", the diploma of the laureate was granted to the process engineer of the research laboratory of hydrocarbons of the Scientific and Technical Center, Mr. Ilgiz Nabiullin. The winners were awarded diplomas and commemorative medals, as well as certificates of conferring the title of "Professional Engineer of Russia" and the respective badges.
The competition is aimed at identifying the best engineers in the country and promoting the art of engineering. It is held in two versions: "Engineering art of the young people", for young professionals under the age of 30 and "Professional engineers", for participants with minimum 5 years of experience in engineering positions. In 2020, Engineers of the Year were selected in 46 nominations. The names of the winners are included in the register of professional engineers in Russia.
Awards were also granted to the winners of the first round of the competition, Mr. Vyacheslav Barinov, Deputy Head of Shop No. 1429 of the Divinyl Butadiene and Hydrocarbon Feedstock Plant, Mr. Ainur Khusnullin, Deputy Head of Shop No. 1806 of the IM Plant, Mr. Sergei Mustaev, Mechanical engineer of Shop No. 2508 of the Styrene and Polymer Resins Plant, Mr. Evgeny Tryatsin, Head of Shop No. 6705 of the Oligomers and Glycols Plant, Ms. Guzel Khusainova, Head of Research laboratory of elastomers of R&D Center, Ms. Olga Becker, Deputy Head of the Engineering and Designing Center, Mr. Ilgam Siraziev, Head of workshop No. 3308 of Railways and Transports Division, Ms. Nailya Minnebaeva, Head of Technical Supervision, workshop No. 3607, Ms. Maria Ukhova, Lead specialist of the department for work with consumers and suppliers, workshop No. 1141.
The All-Russian competition "Engineer of the Year" is held annually with the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Safety of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Federal Agency for Young People Affairs, the Scientific and Technical Council of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation and other federal executive bodies.
Human Resource of Nizhnekamskneftekhim with the support of specialists from R&D Center of the company organized “Case-Challenge” competition for the students of industry-specific and under the patronage schools. Each group of participants — schoolchildren, students of colleges and universities — was offered five in ten cases.
“Our goal was to create unique tasks which required logical reasoning and out-of-the-box thinking. We brought the participants closer to global issues that require the most comprehensive approach — chemical, technical, the ability to make optimal decision,” said Ms. Olga Trifonova, chairperson of the jury, Deputy Director of R&D Center of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
Authors of the best works from more than 50 students who signed up for the competition were selected to participate in the final live stage, which took place at N.Lemaev College of Petrochemicals and Refineries.
“Advantage of these cases is that there is no single answer in each of them,” believes Ivan Shiyan, a student of Nizhnekamsk Institute of Chemical Technology. “You can achieve the goals from different ways and give different answers. I consider the case method is very popular and it will prove productive in the future.”
In addition to the science, the organizers of “Case-Challenge” competition set tasks for the event to promote the development of leadership and innovation potential of young people, which included not only a technically correct answer, but also its presentation, as well as a way of thinking.
According to the results of the competition live stage the winners were:
Marat Galimov (lyceum No. 24) - I place among students of schools under the patronage;
Andrey Emelyanov, Matvey Shmelev, Alina Kalmykova - (N.Lemaev College of Petrochemicals and Refineries) – I place among students of colleges in nomination of group work;
Tair Mukhametchin – (Nizhnekamsk Institute of Chemical Technology) – I place among students of universities.
In the view of petrochemists, a priority activity of the enterprise is to create an efficient career guidance system to facilitate professional identity among young people appropriate to their wishes, capacities and special needs. The graduates of educational institutions under the patronage may get both in-demand job and stable employment with all social guarantees.
It should be noted that the joint-stock company employed 300 graduates of basic educational institutes in 2020 and 870 students did an internship at the enterprise.
On 19 March, young environmental activists visited Nizhnekamskneftekhim to see for themselves the environmental protection work being done at the enterprise. The visit was organized with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan. Participants of “ProEco” competition of environmental research and practice projects showed special interests in excursion. “Will Be Clean” is youth environmental movement created in 2015 with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of Tatarstan. Over the past five years, activists have developed and implemented hundreds of environmental projects and programs, held dozens of actions on tree planting, animal protection, recycling, etc.
The delegation visited main production of rubber and plastics at the enterprise. They were shown manufacturing processes with obtaining final products. The excursion programme also included a visit to Nizhnekamskneftekhim R&D Center and familiarization with its activities. The visit to Biological Treatment Plant was impressive. The reconstruction of the treatment plant was carried out in two stages and it meets the currently most advanced technologies. All industrial and municipal wastes enter the treatment plant. The efficiency of atmospheric air purification reaches 95%.
There was also constructed a new off-site industrial storm water drainage header with a total length of 15km to transport the wastewater trouble-free from industrial site to the treatment facilities. The outcome of the visit was summarized at a round-table meeting at Nizhnekamsk Institute of Chemical Technology. Members of “Will Be Clean” movement shared their impressions of the visit.
“We are impressed by the scale of production, where the concern for environment is felt. The thing that fascinated me the most at the treatment plant is microorganisms’ involvement in the purification stage. We have seen the quality of the sewage and the transformation which happened to it,” told us Pavel Andreev, a member of “Will Be Clean” environmental movement.
“We have shown young people the efficiency of our production. The company has significantly reduced harmful emissions volume, river water consumption through many years of efforts, while increasing production output. The careful attitude to environment is the main priority of Nizhnekamskneftekhim,” noticed Oleg Grishakov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Environmental Protection – Head of Environmental Safety Division of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
During the round table, young ecologists and petrochemists agreed on further cooperation and holding joint actions and events.
“We want to break the mold that production only adversely affects the environment. Businesses are also interested in protection of environment, as we are!” noted Ms. Dilara Satikova, the head of youth environmental movement “Will Be Clean”.
What is the industrial giant Nizhnekamskneftekhim like? What product does it produce? What does it look like? What is made of it? What professions are employed in core enterprise and what kind of specialists are in demand here? Students of school 37 along the excursion to Nizhnekamskneftekhim answered to these and other questions. The excursion was organized by Ms. Elvira Dolotkazina, Assistant General Director for Municipal Authorities Cooperation. Students visited the mail rubber and plastic factories of the company and saw the production process. They were told about the history of formation and development of the enterprise, its contribution to the economics of the town, the republic and the country. During the excursion, the schoolchildren took a group photo to remember the tour. It may affect choice of their future profession and someone of today’s visitors may become an outstanding specialist of Nizhnekamskneftekhim in the future.
The excursions to production facilities of the company are becoming regular for students of 17 under the patronage schools of the town. Management of Nizhnekamskneftekhim is interested in the best specialists working at the enterprise. Career-oriented guidance activities to encourage the coming generation has been organized for this purpose. In 2020, Nizhnekamskneftekhim employed 300 graduates of basic educational institutes - Nizhnekamsk Institute of Chemical Technology and N.Lemaev College of Petrochemicals and Refineries. Great attention is being paid to practical training - 870 students did an internship at the enterprise.
On March 12, 2021, a scheduled meeting of the Company’s Board of Directors was held in Kazan under the leadership of Mr. Ruslan Shigabutdinov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nizhnekamskneftekhim.
In line with the agenda, the meeting considered and took note of the information on the operating performance of Nizhnekamskneftekhim and its subsidiaries at year-end 2020. The Board members considered annual accounting statements and preliminary approved the Company’s annual report for 2020, as well as they recommended them for approval by the Annual General Meeting of Nizhnekamskneftekhim shareholders. The meeting considered advice of profit distribution, both dividend payments and the recommended date on which persons entitled to receive them are determined.
The Board of Directors reviewed the RAS audit opinion of Audit Company PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and the opinion of Nizhnekamskneftekhim audit commission for 2020. The Board members also reviewed reports on the activities of Audit Committee and HR and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors of Nizhnekamskneftekhim in 2020 – 2021.
At the Board meeting, there were discussed organizational issues concerned preparations for the holding of the Annual General Meeting of Nizhnekamskneftekhim shareholders. The Board considered and approved the agenda, the info text to release in the company’s official website, format and texts of a voting bulletin, as well as the list of information available for reading to the shareholders and the schedule of activities for the Meeting preparation.
The Board of Directors decided to convene the Annual General Meeting of Nizhnekamskneftekhim shareholders by absentee voting on April 16, 2021. The announcement of the Meeting will be posted on the company’s official website within March 25, 2021. http://www.nknh.ru.