Here is update on Russia TATNEFT/TAIN-FK Tatarstan Petchem / Refinery (&Coker) Expansion project.
Not sure I follow that the fist phase (140MBD crude exp) of 3 phase (coker/heavy oil upgrade is Phase 2) project is being “launched”. This project has always been billed as Continuous Expansion over 7 years for capacity & capabilities.
Tatarstan celebrated the commisioning of Petchem expansion completion in Sept 2008 for Polyproplyene plastic production (0 to 600 kmtpy from 2003-2009) and also refinery completion of MTBE unit & upgrade diesel and gasoline to meet Euro 4 specs – the first of Russia’s 27 refineries to do so.
Foster Wheeler did the FEED and was awarded the Coker Technology license in Sept 2006, and later Fluor was awarded the EPC for the project. This update does not mention any details for the deep conversion stage of the project.
Included in article was “Samovar Refineries” which appears to be Russian version for equivalent China’s little/simple “Teapot Refineries” which were to be closed for environmental reason but are still operating – often using black market crudes like Iran’s.