Russian refiners slowly building new units, upgrading refined product quality

Aging Russian refineries are slowly being upgraded and revamped with more modern processes and technologies. A significant amount of overcapacity in Russia in the 1990s delayed plans for expansions and improvements.Increases in domestic demand are slowly catching up to the potential supply from Russian refineries. Current capacity utilization is about 60%, up from 52% in 1996.In the next 5 years, Russian refiners will complete construction projects started in the 1990s and start new projects to produce higher quality diesel and gasoline.Due to the lack of complexity in Russian refineries, the amounts of exports are expected to be limited during the next 5 years. Russia exports mainly to F...

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