LONDON Feb 19 Up to 10 million to 15 million
tonnes of Russian crude per year (200,000-300,000 barrels per
day) could be sucked into a few well placed Russian refineries
over the next 3-5 years, a senior refining executive said on
As crude production growth flags, that could mean a cut in
Tony Considine, executive vice president for downstream at
Russo-British energy company TNK-BP TNBPI.RTS (BP.L) said he
thought Russia's refining industry had now reached its "natural
limits", mostly due to logistical bottlenecks, despite a
remaining cushion of old distillation capacity.
Among the upgrades expected in Russia this year, Considine
said TNK-BP would bring online a 1.7 million tonne per year
diesel hydrotreater at Ryazan refinery which would bring diesel
output at the company's largest refinery to 10 parts per million
of sulphur, in line with incoming European emissions standards.
The company will conduct maintenance at its Lysychansk
refinery in Ukraine for 50 days in September and October, and
run down the 300,000 barrels per day Ryazan refinery by a third
during the summer to do maintenance on some older distillation
units, as well as a reformer and hydrotreater, Considine said.
(Reporting by Melissa Akin and Alexander Yershov, editing by