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Hobbs Takes First “Steppes” Into Russia

The first Russian project for Hobbs Valve is about to get underway, as major extension works are undertaken at the Novokuibyshevsk oil refinery in Samara, home to the country’s sixth largest city.

The crude distillation capacity of Novokuibyshevesk refinery is 8 million tonnes per year – before the expansion works have even taken place. The refinery processes West Siberian crude as well as feedstock from owner Rosneft’s oil fields in the Samara region of Russia.

Deep conversion facilities include: catalytic cracking; delayed coking; catalytic reforming; kerosene and diesel fuel hydrotreatment units; bitumen production and gas fractionation units; and gasoline blending facilities. The upgrades to the site will include a catalytic reforming facility and isomerization unit along with a hydrocracking facility.

“Russia is a global superpower in the world of oil and gas so we’re delighted to get involved with things over there,” comments Regional Sales Manager Shane Price. “The Novokuibyshevsk refinery is a major player in Siberian oil processing and its expansion is only going to solidify this position. It’s great that our new friends in Russia have been able to appreciate the many tangible benefits offered by Hobbs’ triple offset butterfly valves in ensuring their plant runs safely, efficiently and with minimal downtime.”

“From enquiry to order this project has taken two years,” adds Lewis Jones, Hobbs Valve’s Internal Sales Engineer, “which just shows our dedication to working closely with customers during planning and development stages, ensuring our products match their needs perfectly.”

A man walks in front of the Novokuibyshevsk refinery near the city of Samara, Russia in this October 28, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Nikolay Korchekov/Files

About Novokuibyshevsk

Novokuibyshevsk refinery in the Samara region started operations way back in 1951 and was acquired by our client Rosneft in May 2007. The plant originally pioneered the production of a variety of petroleum products in Russia, including jet fuel, space oils, motor oils and innovative petrochemical processes. In the 90s it switched to supplying unleaded gasoline after a flagship project aimed at modernising its catalytic reforming units.

The Novokuibyshevsk refinery processed 7.38 million tonnes of oil in 2009 and 7.61 million tonnes 2010.