Russia Struggles Toward Refinery Modernization Goals

Mikhail G. Rudin Raytheon Engineers & Constructors Houston Valeri S. Plotnikov Sibur Co. Nizhnevartovsk, Russia An ethylbenzene-styrene unit is under construction at the Salavat petrochemical plant at the Salavatnefteorgsintes refining and chemical complex. An atmospheric unit and low density polyethylene unit are planned. The 45 year old Novo-Ufa refinery needs modernization. A deep conversion complex-including a vacuum unit, vacuum gas oil hydrotreater, fluid catalytic cracker, and visbreaker-was completed in 1995 at Sibneft's Omsk refinery. Russia's first linear alkylbenzene unit was completed last year ...

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