Transneft has commissioned the Volgograd Refinery – Tinguta – Tikhoretsk – Novorossiysk petroleum products trunk pipelines (PPTPs) of the Yug project.
The implementation of the Yug project meant the creation of an infrastructure suitable for both pipeline transportation of diesel fuel in the direction of Novorossiysk, a Russian port and for export of up to 6 million tonnes of crude oil per year from the Black Sea coast of Russia to European countries. The commissioning of the Yug project’s PPTPs was preceded by the successful running of the system’s tests at peak oil pumping modes with an agent and while taking a number of technical measures.
The project enables reception of extra diesel fuel from tank cars at Tinguta railway station in Volgograd Region, which will allow the refineries that are not directly connected to the system of petroleum products trunk pipelines to pump petroleum products via the pipeline. The reception of diesel fuel from tank cars is planned at Tinguta initial pumping station, where a railway loading rack and an 80,000 m3 tank farm will be commissioned.
Transneft began filling the petroleum products pipelines of the Yug project with diesel fuel in November 2017. Since December 2017, as part of an integrated testing, diesel fuel has been transported from Volgograd Refinery to Novorossiysk port in the amount of about 250,000 tonnes per month. Pumping of up to 4 million tones is planned until the end of 2018.
Launching the Yug project will enable oil companies to optimise their logistics costs thanks to the use of pipeline transport and also create capacity for passenger services at North Caucasus Railway.
Further connection of several refineries in the south of Russia to the Yug project has been worked out (Ilsky Refinery, Afipsky Refinery, Slavyansk ECO and Krasnodareconeft – Krasnodar Refinery). Revamping the said refineries for production of Euro-5 diesel fuel is an essential requirement for their connection.
Connecting the Samara cluster of refineries with the throughput capacity reaching 6 million tonnes at the section from Samara to Volgograd and up to 11 million tonnes at the section from Volgograd to Novorossiysk is anticipated, in accordance with the long-term development programme of Transneft.
Brief project description
Construction of the supply pipeline from the refinery: 55.6 km
Laying the line: 498.4 km
Conversion of the oil pipelines to pumping petroleum products: 244 km
Construction of new pumping stations: 2 stations
Revamping the existing pumping stations: 2 stations
The total volume of tank farms: 250,000 m3