The enterprise is located in close proximity to the developed logistic network: railway and motorway infrastructure is accessible. In 2018 the refinery will be considered as ready in full after commissioning the facilities, where gas oil is reformed into commodity product.
Antipinsky Oil Refinery is connected to the oil trunk pipelines of Transneft JSC with the total capacity of 6 million tons p.a., taking into account the refinery’s development, including the third phase.
Meanwhile, according to Nakanune. RU, Antipinsky Oil Refinery intends to by a low-loaded oil pipeline from Transneft in order to use it for pumping light fuel to the Kurgan Region and then into the system of product pipelines. This information was reported to Nakanune. RU by its source in the oil industry. However, nothing is definite to this effect yet, because according to the source data, Transneft suggests another variant, namely: the company will buy some part of the pipeline (about 400 km) and Antipinsky enterprise will supply fuel to Transneft. They don’t officially comment on this information at the Refinery.
According to Aleksei Kokin, senior oil-and-gas analyst of Uralsib Financial Corporation, the Oil Refinery’s access to the “pipe” will reduce its costs and facilitate transportation of its products. “It is the matter of logistics. Such branches of the trans-oil pipeline system are not always used at full capacity. It will result in improved fuel supply to the Kurgan Region, but the Kurgan Region is not the largest area of consumption,” the expert noted.
“On Russia’s national scale Antipinsky Oil Refinery will scarcely influence on the overall balance of oil refining, but locally for the Tyumen Region, for Yugra, this enterprise will be able to facilitate fuel availability,” he added.
Vladimir Sysoyev, deputy of the Tyumen Regional Duma (local parliament), noted in his interview with the Nakanune. RU correspondent that, first of all, one should give proper respect to investors which in due time decided to invest funds in oil refining in the south of the Tyumen region. “It was, of course, a paradox: oil is available, but no oil refining,” Sysoyev emphasized.
“Antipinsky Oil Refinery is already functioning, though it produces only diesel. As far as it is known the Refinery has received orders for one year and a half. Taking into consideration the fact that the building of the international airport is being reconstructed in Tyumen for creating an interregional and international transportation hub, it is probably worth of thinking for the Oil Refinery about production of jet kerosene,” Vladimir Sysoyev advised.
“Some 800 people are working at the Oil Refinery now, and after running at full rated capacity it is planned to create 1.5 thousand of jobs. You must admit that it is a serious indicator. Being one of the major taxpayers, the company is, certainly, a very serious organizer of the employment process among population,” deputy of the Tyumen Regional Duma Viktor Burtny explained the importance of the Oil Refinery for the region.
Sergei Degtyarev, deputy of the Duma of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, in his turn, skeptically said that the oil refinery located nearby wouldn’t exert influence on Yugra. “New sources can be found, but as of today the area, where the major share of Russian oil is produced, provides itself with fuel in full, there is no fuel deficiency there,” Sergei Degtyarev said.
The Yugra deputy also noted that potential cooperation between the area and the enterprise will depend on the management team of the refinery. “Everything will depend on the marketing work at the Oil Refinery. If they offer lower prices and cooperate with the area in this field, all that will be very advantageous. But, first and foremost, everything will depend on the management team of the Oil Refinery,” Sergei Degtyarev added.
In the meantime oil-industry workers will be compelled to carry out modernization at the Refinery, though the construction of all new refining facilities doesn’t seem to be a trend so far.
“We see that there is a number of companies which are constantly modernizing oil refineries, for example, Rosneft, LUKOIL, Bashneft, Alliance, and others. Therefore, such forecast (about fuel deficiency – note of Nakanune.RU) may be made in order to give a chance and a good argument to the government for the purpose of compelling and expediting the process of modernization,” Aleksei Kokin, senior oil-and-gas analyst of Uralsib Financial Corporation, pointed out.
“By 2016 many projects for modernization of oil refineries are to reach planned indices. Though, in any case certain difficulties can always arise in some regions where one or another oil refinery can fall behind,” senior expert of the Energy and Finance Institute Sergei Agibalov added.NAKANUNE.RU