National Center for Engineering and Catalyst Testing to Appear in Russia by 2021
National Center for Engineering and Catalyst Testing will be constructed in Novosibirsk by the end of 2021 and reach the design capacity by 2024.
In February 2019, JSC SKTB Katalizator presented the investment project of National Center for Engineering and Catalyst Testing (NCECT) at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, with the support of the Governor of the Novosibirsk region. Immediately following the forum, the project was approved at the meeting of the Governor’s Council for Investments to be implemented in the Novosibirsk Region. The project is aimed at increase in output of light oil products in the refining catalytic processes, followed by the production of incremental products on the national scale by about 100 billion rubles per year.
JSC SKTB Katalizator in collaboration with Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences and Novosibirsk State University initiated the creation of independent and equidistant center for engineering and catalyst testing at Russian refineries.
NCECT will offer services for benchmarking assessment, optimal refining catalysts selection as well as engineering services to be provided directly at production sites (e.g., technology audit, supervision of loading and unloading catalysts), or remote services (for example, catalytic unit monitoring). All this is necessary to improve the efficiency of refineries and, ultimately, the Russian oil refining industry. Currently, there are no such independent centers in Russia.
On June 6, 2019, the joint-stock company NCECT was established. JSC SKTB Katalizator has already invested 250 million rubles and will invest another 250 million rubles by June 2020. These funds are sufficient for the first two years of the project implementation (2020-2021), when the construction of the main facilities is scheduled. The major equipment (catalyst testing facilities, analytical equipment) is expected to be supplied in three stages, and NCECT design capacity is scheduled to be reached by 2024. The total cost of creating the center is estimated at 1.9 billion rubles.
In September 2019, a large-scale investment project NCECT was unanimously approved by working group for implementing the Program for Reindustrialization of the Economy of Novosibirsk Region up to 2025 under the direction of the Minister for Trade & Industry of the Russian Federation, Mr. Denis Manturov, at the VII International Forum and Exhibition of Technological Development TECHNOPROM.
At the end of 2019, the investment project NCECT was presented at the meeting of the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region with the leaders of the Russian Direct Investment Fund in the context of the Days of the Novosibirsk Region in the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. Currently, the intensive search and recruitment for investors among major Russian vertically integrated oil companies (VIOK) and independent refineries, as well as foreign investors is continuing.
The background of the center establishment, NCECT financial and institutional model and the project efficiency assessment can be found in the article “Financial and Institutional Model as a Tool for Analyzing the State Support for Engineering Projects”
by Galina Untura (Novosibirsk State University, Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. D.Sc. in Economics, Professor, Head Scientist), Pavel Averkin (Researcher at the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering of the SB RAS) and Roman Gulyaev (PhD in Chemistry, Deputy Director for Development of JSC SKTB Katalizator) published in INNOVATIONS Magazine, the journal devoted to the issues of innovative activities.