Reserves & Production


Npz-Holding developed its oil refining business very rapidly in 2007, particularly at Russian refineries, thanks to intensive modernization and extension of capacities, in a context of high refining margins.

The Company refined 56.77 million tonnes of oil in 2007 (including processing at third-party refineries), which is 5.4% more than in 2006. Npz-Holding Refinery’s own facilities refined 52.16 million tonnes (6.7% more than in 2006).

The Group’s program for modernization and reconstruction of its refineries was continued in 2007 with capital expenditures of $830 million. NPZ-HOLDING REFINERY also consolidated its oil refining assets, including increase of its stake in the Nizhny Novgorod Refinery to 96.91%. Investments in Group refineries during 2007 totalled $157 million.
Refinery throughputs at Npz-Holding Refinery’s own Russian refineries rose by 7.7%, to 42.55 million tonnes in 2007. Capacity load in Russia was 96.5%, which is the highest level in Company history. Npz-Holding Refinery processed 3.59 million tonnes of crude oil at third-party refineries in Ufa, helping to take best advantage of the favourable price environment.
The share of high-octane gasoline in total output of gasoline at Company refineries in Russia (not including mini-refineries) rose to 83.5% in 2007, up from 76.6% in 2006. Refining depth was 74.0% and light product yield was 49.9%. The biggest output increases in 2007 were of fuel oil (18.4% increase compared with 2006), heating oil (+13.9%) and motor gasolines (+11.4%).

Measures were implemented in 2007 to reduce operating expenses and raise production efficiency of Russian refineries. As a result irretrievable losses at refineries were reduced from 0.70% to 0.65%. Irretrievable losses at the Nizhny Novgorod and Ukhta Refineries were among the lowest in the Russian refining industry at 0.38% and 0.22%, respectively. There was also a 2% reduction in average personnel numbers at Npz-Holding’s Russian refineries during the year.

Capital expenditures for modernization of the Company’s Russian refineries were $606 million and investments were $157 million in 2007.

The Volgograd Refinery commissioned an isomerization unit with annual production capacity of 370,000 tonnes. The unit enables increase in yields of high-octane gasolines conforming to Euro-3 and Euro-4 standards. Economic effect (NPV) is estimated at $50 million.

At the Perm Refinery an isomerization unit was installed and put into operation. The unit, with annual production capacity of 450,000 tonnes, reduces purchases of high-octane additives, increases output of high-octane motor gasoline and reduces levels of benzol, aromatics and Sulfur to conform to Euro-3 and Euro-4 standards. Economic effect (NPV) from installation of the unit is estimated at $85 million.
The Perm Refinery also commissioned an automated mixing station for motor gasolines with daily capacity of 6,500 tonnes. The station enables automated production of any grade of gasoline, thus reducing necessity for storage and, consequently, reducing working capital, while increasing gasoline production volumes.
Annual refining capacity at the Perm Refinery was increased from 12.0 to 12.4 million tonnes in 2007 thanks to overhaul of fractionation columns on distillation units.

At the Nizhny Novgorod Refinery the Company completed most of the work on installation of a vacuum residue visbreaking unit with 2.4 million tonnes annual capacity, and commissioning of the unit is scheduled for the second quarter of 2008. Economic effect (NPV) of the new installation is estimated at $383 million thanks to greater depth of refining and efficiency improvements.

The first stage of modernization (from 2006 to 2010) involves construction of catalytic cracking facilities, which will enable all motor gasolines at the Refinery to be produced to Euro-4 standards (the Refinery has produced gasoline to Euro-3 standards since 2006) and increase in overall output of motor fuels by 1.5 times. Qualitative indicators of the Refinery should be improved by 2010: Nelson index will rise to 7.4 (from3.6 in 2007), light product yields will reach 60% (42.6% in 2007), and the share of high-octane gasoline in overall gasoline output will reach 100% (86.6% in 2007). Annual EBITDA of the Nizhny Novgorod Refinery should rise by $240 million (in 2007 prices) as a result of launch of the new facilities.

At the Ukhta Refinery the Company commissioned a vacuum residue visbreaking unit with 800,000 tonnes annual capacity. The unit increases refining depth, reduces output of fuel oil and raises output of vacuum gas oil. Estimated economic effect (NPV) of the new unit is $94 million.

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