Today, on August 20, Nizhnekamskneftekhim PJSC, with participation of RT's President, formally launched its linear alpha-olefin (LAO) production unit as upgraded. The unit's output capacity will be 37.5 kta. It is worth noting that Nizhnekamskneftekhim is the only alpha-olefin producer in the Russian Federation.
The unit started its output at 1 p.m. The symbolic launch of the unique production unit was attended, together with the President, by Albert Shigabutdinov, General Director, TAIF PSC, Vladimir Busygin, the Board Chairman, Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Azat Bikmurzin, the company's head as well as by a representative of the Licensor.
As the republic's head Rustam Minnikhanov outlined in his speech, "each time when we arrive at Nizhnekamsk we visit NKNK's facilities, we launch several important production units like these each year. Today we are addressing a very serious task, which would not have been addressed by anyone else but us, because there is no such production facility in Russia at all. In addition, our entire program aimed at further processing and production of new polymers was dependent on raw materials supply. This production unit therefore is strongly demanded."
The head of the republic expressed his gratitude to the management of TAIF Group and Nizhnekamskneftekhim, and to the construction personnel that helped implement the project.
The license agreement on implementation of alpha-Sablin technology as a basis for the upgraded unit was signed between Nizhnekamskneftekhim and Linde AG (Germany) in 2012. The new technology allows producing mainly light hydrocarbon cuts of alpha-olefins — butene-1 and hexene-1. They will be consumed by the company's plastics production plant to manufacture compound polyethylene copolymers, therefore substituting imported raw materials.
Thus, along with addressing the issue of providing own polymer production plants with a high quality feedstock, NKNK has fulfilled one more item of the import substitution program.
The upgraded unit is equipped with a modern control and emergency shutdown system. It is important to note that the company will extend the raw hydrocarbon conversion value-added chain and lower the negative impact on the environment.
On the occasion of the ceremony, the RT's President granted state awards to four employees of Nizhnekamskneftekhim PJSC's oligomers production plant, who actively participated in reconstruction of the alpha-olefin production unit.
In addition, this day Rustam Minnikhanov visited the isoprene-monomer production plant, where within the framework of the company's business performance improvement program modernization of iso-butylene production unit is underway; this is one of the main feedstock in isoprene production. The technology of producing isoprene from isobutylene is more cost-efficient than that of isoprene from isopentane.