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April 28, 2014

Gasoline plant of TAIF-NK PSC started working in full volume.

On April 26, 2014 Gasoline plant of TAIF-NK PSC started producing commercial gasoline, which is consistent with EURO-4 international quality standard, in its entire volumes after the accident at the catalytic cracking unit. On March 3, 2014 there was a fire at the Gasoline Plant intended for cracking of vacuum gas oil and mazut on the catalyst. The fire was localized to the area of 45 sq.m. There were no injuries and fatalities. Production of gasoline at TAIF-NK was suspended.

On March 5, 2014 the Volga Region management of The Federal Service of Ecology, Technology and Nuclear Supervision worked on investigation of the accident in Gasoline Plant, several independent expert organizations were involved in this work. The cause of the fire was found out: depressurization of flange connection occurred on the valve assembly lines of pumparound the with the release of oil and its subsequent combustion, resulting the fire at the facility. According to the results of the investigation activities on preventing such accidents were planned. Material damage caused by the accident is estimated at about 500 million rubles, the costs on responding and repair were about 300 million rubles.

Professional and concerted actions of contractors involved in repair works and employees of TAIF-NK PSC made it possible to eliminate the consequences of fire in a short period of time. The efficiency of the unit of catalytic cracking of sulfur petroleum of Gasoline Plant was restored in full volume. All the necessary examination of industrial safety of technical devices that fall into the zone of fire exposure was made. According to the results of examination of industrial safety, technical devices and equipment were successfully qualified for safe operation.

On April 22, 2014 for the unit of catalytic cracking of sulfur petroleum of Gasoline Plant received raw materials (vacuum gas oil). Currently, the unit is displayed on the draft load, technological regime is stable, the output is according to the draft.

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