Leading by innovation

Business leaders invariably lead by innovation in daily operations; they make investments, while taking a good care of people and environment. As Serbia’s only business dealing with oil and gas exploration and extraction, we are well aware of our responsibility. This is why we constantly invest in novel technologies AND NEW production capacities, which ensure our company’s continuous growth and quality environment and people protection. This was made possible by our completed projects that make us leaders in investment and innovation.

Bottom-of-the-Barrel

Bottom of the Barrel Plant – Key Project in the Second Stage of Modernising Pančevo Oil Refinery

The construction of the Bottom-of-the-Barrel facility with delayed coking technology is the key project of the second stage of the Pančevo Oil Refinery modernization. At the same time, it is one of the largest investments in Serbia in the following period since the total scope of the investment will amount to EUR 300 million. Operation of the new facilities will start in the third quarter of 2019 when the NIS refinery will produce larger quantities of the highest-quality fuels, and also coke, the product which has been imported into Serbia until now.

With the completion of the “Bottom-of-the-Barrel” project, the Pančevo Oil Refinery will become one of the most modern refineries in the Southeastern Europe.

With the completion of the “Bottom-of-the-Barrel” project, the Pančevo Oil Refinery will become one of the most modern refineries in the Southeastern Europe. Furthermore, following the construction and start-up of the new facilities, the refinery capacities are expected to be optimally used and efficiency of oil refining in NIS to be increased, namely in 2019 to 99.2% from 86% as it is today.

The base of the entire process consists of two reactors, where residual after heating goes through the coking process, when additional white products are separated. The coking process is followed by the procedure of hydraulic cutting, drilling and unloading of coke into the transport and loading system. In addition to the standard fittings used in oil refining, the project also envisages construction and installation of coke cutting and drilling equipment, transportation lines and special coke storing systems.

With the modernisation of the Pančevo Oil Refinery and application of modern technologies, NIS will additionally improve its environmental protection. The basic environmental aspect of the project is the fact that we will stop producing heavy fuel-oil with high percentage of sulphur, which means that the Serbian market will no longer have fuel which, during combustion, causes emission of significant quantities of sulphur compounds into the atmosphere. Thus, owing to the Bottom-of-the-Barrel project, environmental situation in the entire region will improve. As for the coke production technology itself, the most up-to-date technological solutions and technologies will be used to ensure careful treatment of the environment and minimum use of energy resources.

With its continuous modernization of the Pančevo Oil Refinery, NIS has ensured production of European-quality fuels in Serbia, thus contributing to the energy stability of the entire country. Implementation of the Bottom-of-the Barrel project helps NIS keep the position of the regional leader in the petroleum product market and offer its consumers larger quantities of the highest-quality fuels.

Cogeneration

Cogeneration  –  mini power plants boost company efficiency

NIS is evidencing its environmental awareness, and also efficiency increase at work, by starting up mini power plants on oil and gas fields throughout Serbia, where lower-quality gas is converted into electric power which is sold in the Serbian market and also in the region.

We have constructed 14 mini power plants on our oil fields in Serbia with the total capacity of 14 MW, which is sufficient, for example, to supply 20,000 average households.

So far, we have constructed 14 mini power plants on our oil fields in Serbia with the total capacity of 14 MW, which is sufficient, for example, to supply 20,000 average households.

Cogeneration is based on generation of power and heat from gas which was not used before since it contains high level of carbon dioxide and nitrogen. The process of converting the gas into electric power is extremely environmentally friendly, since it reduces harmful emissions into atmosphere, as the gas was previously burnt on the flare. This is fully compliant with modern energy and environmental trends in terms of reducing energy consumption and pollution.

Since NIS is the only electricity producer in the country selling power in the free market, apart from the Electric Power Industry of Serbia, the increase of capacities in power generation represents a major step forward for all consumers in Serbia.

Power and Heating Plant (TE-TO) Pančevo

In the second quarter of 2018, the works will commence to construct a power and heating plant in Pančevo, with the total power of 1400 GWh which is sufficient to supply as many as 230,000 households per year. The plant will operate on the basis of gas and steam cycle, that is, also using cogeneration, which is, in terms of energy and environment, the best solution in generation of power from natural gas.

Implementation of the TE-TO Pančevo project will provide Serbia with another guarantee of its energy stability and security in power supply.

TE-TO will primarily generate power to meet the business needs of the Pančevo Oil Refinery in terms of process steam and electricity, while a significant quantity of electricity will be distributed into the electric power system of Serbia.

In October 2017, a deal was signed with the Chinese company “Shanghai Electric Group” to construct the thermal power plant. TE-TO Pančevo will start its operations in the fourth quarter of 2019, while the investment into the facility will amount to USD 195 million.

Construction of TE-TO Pančevo is jointly implemented by “Gazprom Energoholding”, a company (100% daughter company of PJS Gazprom) specialized in managing the companies within the Gazprom Group in the field of electric power engineering, and NIS.

Implementation of the TE-TO Pančevo project will provide Serbia with another guarantee of its energy stability and security in power supply.

Amine Plant

Europe’s Exclusive Amine Plant Outputs Quality, Clean Gas

Being a company that keeps abreast of ultimate trends in green power and renewables, in 2016 we launched the Amine Plant for natural gas treatment, which uses a poor quality gas to produce a good quality power source for industry and households.

Amine Plant is environmentally pivotal as it reduces the release of carbon dioxide from the natural gas into the atmosphere.

Amine Plant is intended for the improvement of the quality of domestic natural gas, which is achieved by removing carbon dioxide and gas impurities, simultaneously increasing volume of its production.

Company has invested more than 30 million Euros in construction of this state-of-the-art Plant.

The technology applied in the Amine Plant is HiPACT (High Pressure Acidgas Capture Technology), one of the most effective among the existing gas processing methods. Its exploitation contributes to increasing the efficiency of the Company’s business operations since it allows up to 25 per cent saving of heat, electricity, and raw materials compared to the technologies that were previously applied, which additionally boosts company’s its business efficiency.

Amine Plant is a plant for treatment of natural gas with amine (amine is a chemical compound that efficiently binds and removes impurities such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide from the natural gas. This removes carbon dioxide and other gas impurities from the local natural gas by. The carbon dioxide binding is a two-stage process: amine wash removes acid gas, and drying which removes water from the natural gas.

Energy efficiency: The exploitation of HiPACT technology ensures increased efficiency of the Company’s business operations since it allows up to 25 per cent saving of heat, electricity, and raw materials compared to other similar technologies.

Other than the improved quality and increase of volume of natural gas production, Amine Plant is environmentally pivotal. This plant operation completely prevents the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is achieved by not releasing the excess carbon dioxide from the treated gas into the atmosphere, but the dried out carbon dioxide is being injected into the previously prepared company operated wells. Therefore contributes to reducing the effect of “greenhouse gases”, frequently plaguing the gas processing.

The plant in Elemir is Europe’s first and only HiPACT plant in, Japan being another world’s country to employ this technology. Thus, NIS yet again features as a pioneer in the application of latest technologies not only in Serbia, but in the entire Europe.

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