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CONSER at Public Hearings: TATNEFT (Russia) has dispelled people's concerns over the construction of a new Maleic Anhydride (MAN) plant in Almetyevsk

 

CONSER на общественных слушаниях: «Татнефть» (Россия) развеяла опасения людей по поводу строительства нового завода по производству малеинового ангидрида (МАН) в Альметьевске

 

In the hall of the DC "ISKE Elmet" there were no empty seats last Friday 8th November 2019: about 200 people signed up for the Public Hearings on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the maleic anhydride (MAN) production facility in Almetyevsk.

Representatives of TATNEFT, as well as the project developers, in particular ANTONIO IOSCO from the Italian company CONSER S.p.A., which is MAN process licensor, assured the residents of Almetyevsk about the safety of the future MAN installation. "This is the modernization of the Minnibaevsky Gas Processing Plant (MGPP), not the construction of a chemical plant," TATNEFT representatives explained while they were holding right in their own hands a piece of the same Maleic Anhydride around which passions had been simmering in Almetyevsk since the beginning of the summer. Opponents of the project did not have any strong arguments, and their leaders were disappointed in the protests.

Here below a video with an extract from the interview to Mr. Antonio Iosco from Italian Conser S.p.A. :

 

 

The audience was shown a film about the significant contribution of TATNEFT to environmental safety in the region over the past 30 years. More than 35 billion rubles have been invested in TATNEFT’s fourth large-scale environmental program. The ecological vector was attended also by the Director of the petrochemical complex of PJSC Tatneft, Syren Sakhapov, who himself grew up in the village of Nadyrovo-10 km from the MGPP. “Instead of explosive and fire-hazardous gas, we will get a non-explosive solid, a non-volatile substance in the form of scales” he said. Sakhapov also assured the audience that the air condition in Maktama and Almetyevsk will be monitored online, and the results will be available to everyone: by the spring in the city there will be automatic eco-monitors.

ANTONIO IOSCO, a representative of the Italian company-licensor CONSER, came to the microphone and said that a lot of household goods are made of maleic anhydride, but that Russia is now forced to import those goods due to lack of MAN. According to him, in the production process there will be no liquid effluents or solid waste, and the air that will be used, before returning to the atmosphere, will be purified in a thermal oxidizer, where all organic substances are burned.

"I can say for sure that the technology that Tatneft will use is the most advanced in the world, with the lowest environmental impact. I want to draw your attention to this: Russia is a country rich in natural resources, and n-butane is usually burned for heating. When we burn a ton of butane, we get 3 tons of CO2 in return. And from the same ton of butane we can get a ton of MAN and only a ton of CO2. At the same time, the molecules of anhydride are preserved, and products from them can be recycled, which, in our opinion, is a much more rational use of natural resources, " IOSCO said.

In addition, he explained that the production of maleic anhydride is much safer if compared to current MGPP complex, since gas, gasoline and kerosene have a much lower ignition point than maleic anhydride, so there are less risks. Then IOSCO showed maps of different cities in the world, and it turned out that MAN plants operate few kilometers from city centers. The licensor assured that since this plant will be the first in Russia, CONSER will make every effort to make it work properly and safely: create a 3D model of production, at least twice check the progress of construction, train operators and provide technical support services after launch.

Now the EIA and project documentation will have to pass the state environmental examination, and only then Glavgosekspertiza, where the papers will be checked for compliance with all standards. Commissioning of the MAN plant is expected in 2023. And Tatneft does not plan to close its information center at least until the New year — so that no one has any questions left.

 

Read the full articles here:

 

https://www.business-gazeta.ru/article/445608

https://realnoevremya.ru/articles/157404-tatneft-rasseyala-somneniya-lyudey-po-povodu-stroitelstva-novoy-ustanovki-man

 

- Published on 13th November 2019

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