On 28 February 2007 was founded Ilsky Oil Refinery. It is located in Seversky district of Krasnodar Krai, in the rural settlement Ilsky, on the 55-km Krasnodar-Novorossiysk motorway. Nowadays this modern industrial complex is one of the leading oil refineries in the Southern District of Russia.
The refinery is located in close proximity to the largest ports of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov (Novorossiysk, Tuapse, Temryuk, Yeysk). Thus, its advantageous geographical location significantly increases the efficiency of exporting petroleum products through port terminals by sea. Crude oil products are directly delivered by the Transneft oil pipeline system, as well as by railway, using Grushovaya and Tikhoretskaya oil transfer tank farms of Joint-Stock Company «Chernomortransneft».
Back in 1980, the Azov-Black Sea Federal Directorate for the construction of roads founded the oil refinery, which later became a modern site of Ilsky Oil Refinery. It used to have a tar-bitumen unit, consisted of railway tanks for tar oil, a pumping unit, a tar-preparation unit, a tar-heating furnace, gas burning facility and one oxidation unit. The company put an increased focus on the production of asphaltic cement and construction bitumen from raw materials supplied from Grozny (80%) and Ufa (20%). The capacity of the bitumen production unit was 100-130 tt/d, which made it possible to supply enterprises for the construction of roads all over Krasnodar region. Later, they developed a technology of roofing bitumen manufacturing.
Having studied the market of the oil-refining complex, in 2001 the owners decided to re-engineer the refinery and start to produce heating oil, and then bitumen, using only domestic raw materials. The State Design Institute for Chemicalization of Technological Processes in the Oil Industry of Neftekhimproekt (Republic of Tatarstan) launched the project “Capital repairs of the Ilsky complex for bitumen production”. Thus, a new complex includes a technological unit for oil discharge and its atmospheric distillation. In 2002, the bitumen unit was re-engineered into AT-1 with a capacity of 35 tt/y. The reconstruction of 2006 made it possible to increase the capacity of AT-1 up to 90 tt/y, and to adopt a new concept of the refinery’s development with a focus on primary processing of raw materials and oil products export.
Subsequently, three more process units were launched: AT-2 (in 2007), AT-3 (in 2009), and AT-4 (in 2010) with the total capacity of 1.1 million t/y.
Thus, modern infrastructure ensures uninterrupted and efficient operation of the refinery: oil tank area with a total volume of 75 000 m3, oil loading railway system, automobile loading system, modern wastewater treatment facilities, power and telephone cables, motorways, etc.
In 2011, Ilsky Oil Refinery entered into a four-party agreement with Rostechnadzor, Federal Antimonopoly Service and Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology, regarding the construction of new units and EURO-5 gasoline production following the governmental requirements of the Russian Federation.
Already in 2013, Ilsky Oil Refinery completed the construction of process unit AT-5, designed to process both low-sulfur feedstock and its mixture with Oil Urals with a total volume of 2.2 mil. t/y.
Moreover, total capacity was increased up to 3 million t/y during 2015 and 2016.
In 2016 oil trunk pipeline was connected to the Transneft pipeline commissioning system. This ensures the supply of min 1,500 th of low-sulfur oil t/y. The Governor of Krasnodar region Mr. Veniamin Kondratyev attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Currently the investment and engineering company KNGK-Group as a reliable partner designs the facilities according to a development plan that includes a gradual (until 2022, until 2025 and until 2028 correspondently) implementation of the project “Complex of motor fuel production”. Thus, it allows the refinery to increase the volume of oil refining from 3 up to 7 mn t/y, to process crude sulfur, wt 1.8%, to receive EURO-5 motor fuels following the requirements of the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union TR TS 013/2011, and to increase the processing intensity from 55.4% to 95%.
In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation as of February 9, 2017, the blueprint for a domestic catalytic reforming technology with continuous catalyst regeneration to produce high-quality gasoline, that is the first stage of the development plan of Ilsky Oil Refinery, was granted the status of the National Project.
In February 2018, at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ilsky Oil Refinery Mr. Alexey Shamara signed an investment agreement with the Governor of of Krasnodar region Mr. Veniamin Kondratyev. The total investment hereunder exceeds 57 bln rubles, which is so far the largest investment project of Kuban.
Modernization of the Refinery results in providing employment for about 400 people, annual deductions of taxes and fees to the budget min 25 bln rubles, which will significantly increase the socioeconomic level of the region.
Since its establishment in 2007, Ilsky Oil Refinery has processed 18 mn tons of crude, 13 million of which in the last 4 years. The refinery continuously develops production facilities, implements modern technologies taking care of the environment.