There is more energy for the Refinery’s upgrade
The refinery’s implementation of a large-scale project in the power supply sector and commissioning of a new 220 kV Afipsky Refinery - Afipskaya power transmission lines allow the company to increase its permitted power by 10 times.
In November 2019, the specialists of the Afipsky Refinery began commissioning of the new 220 kV overhead line «Afipsky Refinery – Afipskaya». The line’s performance testing took place within December 28–31. The testing was continuous for 72 hours. The main burden fell on the shoulders of Lyubov Plotnikova - substation groups’ head, her deputy Sergey Malakhov, leading ETL (electrotechnical laboratory) engineers - Anton Kuzminsky and Alexey Vasilenko as well as on automated process control engineer - Artyom Stupkin.
After the successful completion of work, the corresponding act was sent to Rostekhnadzor to obtain permit for the continuous operation of the overhead line and such permit was issued in mid-January. Thus, the Afipsky Refinery fulfilled all the requirements of the project for the construction of the refinery’s power facilities. Among them in particular, there were earlier handed over 110 kV and 220 kV substations. The completion of the project, coordinated with all federal energy structures, ensures the Afipsky Refinery to increase the permitted power from 16.5 to 165 MW. This enables to connect additional power receivers in the very near future. It is worth noting that in the conditions of warm winter of 2020, the all-refinery energy load reached 14.5 MW and in the winter of 2019 reached 15.5 MW. In such circumstances, the lack of power capacity threatened to become a factor that might have hindered the construction and development of the refinery. Now such risks have been reduced to zero. Today it may safely be said that a tenfold increase in the permitted power will optimize the process of the refinery’s technical upgrading. It is a reminder that in November 2019, the Afipsky Refinery commenced the active phase of production upgrading. At its first stage, it is planned to commission the Hydrocracking complex with estimated output of 2.5 million tons per year. Commissioning of the facility is scheduled for the second half of 2022.
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