PJSC LUKOIL has started supplying electricity generated from the second-stage solar power plant (SPP) located at subsidiary OOO LUKOIL-Volgogradneftepererabotka’s 14.8-million tpy Volgograd refinery in southern Russia to fellow subsidiary LLC Lukoil-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez’s (NNOS) 17-million tpy Kstovo refinery in central Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region.
Following the mid-February start of renewable—or green—electricity deliveries that will amount to about 26 million kw-hr/year, NNOS’ Nizhny Novgorod refinery has become LUKOIL’s second production plant to use power generated by renewable energy sources (RES) at the Volgograd SPP, Stavropol Region, LUKOIL said in a release.
Use of renewable power generation at the Nizhny Novgorod refinery will allow NNOS to lower the carbon footprint of its finished products by reducing indirect carbon emissions at the site by about 10,000 tpy, according to the operator.
LUKOIL said development of renewable power generation for its own needs plays an important role in company’s decarbonization program and comes as part of its broader climate strategy to meet goals aligned with the global energy transition.
First commissioned in 2018, the Volgograd SPP previously began supplying 11 million kw-hr/year of green electricity to LUKOIL subsidiary Stavrolen LLC’s petrochemical complex in Budennovsk, Stavropol Region, Russia, during October 2021 (OGJ Online, Oct. 11, 2021).