Transneft has commissioned Shilovo-3 initial pumping station (IPS) with a railway loading rack in Shilovo District of Ryazan Region.
The station will ensure jet fuel delivery by rail, fuel unloading and transshipment to the pipeline system so that the fuel is shipped towards the Moscow Airline Hub (MOW). The total investments in this large-scale construction project exceeded RUB 8 billion.
At present, the total kerosene consumption by the Moscow airports of Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo and Domodedovo amounts to 3.9 million tonnes. Around 1.5 million tonnes are shipped to the airports over the Moscow Ring Petroleum Products Pipeline (MRPPP) in addition to 2.4 million tonnes shipped by rail.
Once the new project is launched, the Moscow railway will be relieved, hazardous freights will no longer be transported via the densely populated districts of Moscow and its suburbs and jet fuel supplies will increase in the given direction.
The planned capacity of the new unloading facility at Shelukhovo station, designed for 36 car tanks, is 2.5 million tonnes a year and can be increased to 4 million tonnes. This year, it is planned to ship some 1.2 million tonnes of aviation kerosene from IPS Shilovo-3, and in 2019 shipping can reach 2 million tonnes or more, depending on the Company’s requests and MOW requirements.
Large-scale works are part of the Revamping of the Trunk Pipeline System to Boost the Volumes of Petroleum Product Transportation to Moscow Region investment programme.
After fuel is unloaded from car tanks, it is fed to the tank farm whence it is pumped over a new 77 km long petroleum products trunk pipeline in the direction of Ryazan OPS. At the station, the fuel is mixed with batches shipped from Ryazan refinery (1.1 million tonnes a year); after that the fuel flows to Volodarskaya LODS and then to the airports via the MRPPP. The aviation kerosene quality control is ensured by the recently built chemical-analytic laboratory.
The fuel of LUKOIL (Volgograd Refinery), Gazprom Neft and Rosneft (Novo-Yaroslavsky Refinery), Bashneft (Ufa Refinery), Surgutneftegaz (Kirishi Refinery) as well as other sources can be used as loading resources for the new Shilovo-3 IPS.
The works on construction of Shilovo-3 IPS commenced in February 2016. The total area of the IPS is 42 hectares, but if adjacent facilities, access driveways and railways are taken into account, it is as large as 110 hectares. The new station is different from most similar facilities as it has a sophisticated process flowsheet and infrastructure that includes a tank farm of four tanks for kerosene, 2 pumping stations, a two-side railway rack, about 4 km of process pipelines, over 32 km of utility lines with 500 manholes, and more than 700 km of cable lines.