Gazprom Upgrades Moscow Lubes Plant

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Gazprom Upgrades Moscow Lubes Plant
Gazpromneft-Lubricants increased its Fryazino blending plant's production capacity by 50% to 108,000 tons per year of packaged products. The plant is near Moscow. © Gazpromneft - Lubricants

Gazpromneft-Lubricants boosted the production capacity of its Moscow lubricants blending plant by 50% and introduced a significant level of automation to the facility, the company announced.

The plant is located in the town of Fryazino, located near the Russian capital.

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“We totally overhauled the plant’s production technology with introduction of automatic lubricant blending system called Simultaneous Metering Blending. The system is designed for pre-blending flow of the components with use of self-cleaning precision pipes,” Anatoly Skoromets, Gazpromneft-Lubricants general director, told Lube Report on Tuesday.

He added that as a result, the plant’s capacity increased by 50%.

In 2011, when Gazpromneft-Lubricants acquired the plant, its original capacity was 40,000 t/y. Now, as a result of the introduced automation process, the packaging line can churn up to 108,000 t/y of packaged products. The plant’s lubricant production capacity is 90,000 t/y.

The company also said that as a result of the upgrade, the automation of the production process increased from 20% to 80%, and the plant is equipped with new, advanced laboratory equipment.

Skoromets said that the Fryazino plant now produces over 300 types of products, while if different volumes of canisters are included, the number of standard capacity units the plant can produce is around 850. “Technical solution of the packaging line is designed for synchronous filling of two canister of any kind of volume,” he said. “It enables us to increase the volume of the new products.”

Gazpromneft-Lubricants’ Moscow lubricants plant produces motor, transmission and industrial oils in different types of canisters. The plant also produces greases and metalworking fluids.