Gazprom Neft Starts Catcracker, Hydrotreater at Omsk Refinery

OAO Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia’s natural-gas producer and exporter, opened a catalytic cracking and hydrotreating unit today with capacity of 1.2 million metric tons a year at its Omsk refinery.

Gazprom Neft plans for all the gasoline produced at Omsk to meet Euro-5 quality standards from 2013, the St. Petersburg-based company said in a statement distributed at the opening ceremony. Euro-5 grade motor fuel contains no more than 10 parts per million of sulfur.

Omsk, Russia’s biggest refinery, has capacity to process 20 million tons of crude a year, or 402,000 barrels a day.

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