EFRA Project in LOTOS refinery reaches halfway point

The construction of new facilities of the EFRA Project reached a halfway point. Photo: Grupa Lotos
The construction of new facilities of the EFRA Project reached a halfway point. Photo: Grupa Lotos

The progress of the EFRA Project (Effective Refinery) to construct a huge complex of units in the Grupa LOTOS refinery reached a halfway point taking into account the design, supply as well as construction and assembly work – Lotos Group revealed on 3 March, 2017.

As the Polish oil company further explains, a huge crane has placed the largest and heaviest reactors and distillation columns a top high foundations. Among the gigantic elements put in place, the heaviest are the hydrowax distillation column weighing in at 300 tonnes and two coke drums weighing 290 tonnes each.

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Heavy lifting, the most spectacular task under the EFRA Project, is finished. Most construction work was entrusted to Polish workers.

Most headway has been made in design work (95% complete), conducted primarily in Italy at the offices of KT – Kinetics Technology (KT), the general contractor for most units under EFRA, engaged by LOTOS Asfalt, the investor and future operator of the units, in July 2015.

In early October, the cornerstone was laid and pile driving commenced on the site of the first and already completed structure under EFRA, the power distribution facility. Design work in the merger of new and existing units is made by Fluor. Also in this case the work is coming to a close.

The percentage of completed procurement and supplies under EFRA has exceeded 86%. Numerous elements of various units have been stored around the construction sites awaiting assembly.

This is how a huge complex of units in the Grupa LOTOS refinery will look like... Fig.: Groupa Lotos
This is how a huge complex of units in the Grupa LOTOS refinery will look like…
Fig.: Grupa Lotos

Construction and assembly work completed in approx. 25%. Main construction work has already been finished, with the elements of the main Delayed Coking Unit towering above the refinery. Particularly conspicuous are two huge coke drums surrounded by steel structure. The coking technology will enable the production of about 300 kg of coke and 700 kg of fuels from each tonne of heavy residue. One additional innovation, full air-tightness, will make the coking process and transportation of coke compliant with environmental requirements.

– After completion of the EFRA Project, LOTOS refinery in Gdansk will strengthen its position as one of the most modern of its kind in the world producing the highest quality fuels – said Mateusz Aleksander Bonca, Vice President of the Management Board for Strategy and Development of Grupa LOTOS S.A.

– Our key priority is eliminating heavy fuel oil from our products. It is harmful to the environment and unprofitable as it is sold at a negative margin, at a price lower than the price of crude oil. As we are implementing the most innovative and environmentally-friendly version of coking technology, we will be able to achieve deeper conversion, translating into a higher yield of high-margin fuel from the same amount of crude oil. We estimate that annually this should bring us 900,000 tonnes of high-quality motor fuels more. In addition, this will boost our refining margin by some 2 dollars per barrel, with the Solomon Complexity Index, the best measure of a refinery’s efficiency, improving from 9.5 to 10.6 points, the highest of any European refineries – he added.

The key elements of the EFRA Project are the Coking Complex, comprising the Delayed Coking Unit, Coker Naphtha Hydrotreating Unit, and Coke Storage and Logistics Facility. Other units to be built are the Hydrogen Generation Unit, Hydrowax Vacuum Distillation Unit, and the Oxygen Generation Unit. Furthermore, many existing units will be upgraded and have increased production capacities.

– We are glad to support Grupa LOTOS in improving the efficiency, the output quality and the environmental footprint of the Gdansk refinery – added Pierroberto Folgiero, KT-Kinetics Technology and Maire Tecnimont Group CEO.

– This project represents for us an outstanding refining reference in terms of technological content and synergies leveraged between Italian and Polish capabilities. We look forward to consolidate these strategic partnerships and strengthen our track record in a very promising downstream market such as Poland’s – he stressed.

The EFRA Project is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018.

rel (Grupa Lotos), GL

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