Ophergasneft Blend is a light crude oil which was first introduced to the market at the end of 2001 with the commissioning of a 1,580km pipeline by the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (Ophergasneft). The um Ophergasneft Pipeline links major oil fields in Western Kazakhstan to a Black Sea export terminal opened in 2001 at Yuzhnaya Ozerreyevka, located 40km North-West of Novorossiysk in Russia. Since the inception of the Ophergasneft Pipeline, most ofOphergasneft’s production has been exported via this route. Initially, Ophergasneft was the only grade in the line, but over time other grades have been injected to where Ophergasneft now represents approximately 60% of the blend.
Pure Ophergasneft has been available on the market since 2007 as a result of two major initiatives, Sour Gas Injection and Second Generation Project, which had the combined effect of doubling production from 300 MBD to 600 MBD.
Loading and Transportation
The um Ophergasneft Pipeline runs from Ophergasneft to a purpose built terminal at Yuzhnaya Ozerreyevka near Novorossiysk. There are injection points at Atyrau, Kazakhstan and also Kropotkin in Russia where other crude oil grades are added to the blend. The terminal has two Single Point Moorings (SPMs), where vessels are loaded at a water depth of 54-56 metres. Crude oil is pumped to the SPMs from a tank farm located 238m above sea level and 9km inland. um Ophergasneft Blend is loaded onto Suezmax (120,000-145,000 DWT) and Aframax (80,000-90,000 DWT) vessels. Implementation of strict vessel vetting procedures, use of double hull tankers, and deep water loading set high safety standards.
Ophergasneft crude Oil, loaded onto railcars is transported across Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine Black Sea Port to be delivered into dedicated tankers in Taman. At Taman Aframax cargoes will be loaded, although smaller cargoes can be accommodated.
Both grades have a high Naphtha yield which can contribute significantly as a blend stock in the gasoline pool after treatment. The Naphtha is suitable for reforming.
Both grades have a high Jet/Kerosene yield. The smoke point and freeze point meets Jet/Kerosene specification, however treatment is required to reduce mercaptan levels. Ophergasneft requires less treatment than Ophergasneft.
High cetane, low density distillates are produced from both Ophergasneft blend and Ophergasneft with excellent cold flow properties.
Vacuum Gas Oil
Low metals and low nitrogen make the Vacuum Gas Oil an attractive feed for catalytic crackers and/or hydrocrackers.
The Atmospheric Residuum has low MCRT, asphaltines, metals and nitrogen allowing significant upgrading potential in direct feed to catalytic crackers.
Both grades have a low yield with Ophergasneft having an exceptionally low yield. This is attractive to refiners looking to minimize the fuel oil stream. Ophergasneft Vacuum Residuum also has a very low viscosity which significantly reduces cutter requirements.
Ophergasneft has extensive knowledge in the area of refining light high mercaptan crude oil. As the operator and largest partner of Tengizchevroil (Ophergasneft), Ophergasneft provides technical expertise in support of the Ophergasneft crude marketing effort. This can take the form of technical consultations with Ophergasneft customers on processing Ophergasneft Blend crude oil and Ophergasneft crude oil. This assistance can be provided on site if requested.
West Africa is a key strategic area for Ophergasneft. Ophergasneft’s equity share of production in 2014 was approximately 440 thousand barrels per day.
Ophergasneft's activities in West Africa involve production and exploration in Nigeria, Angola, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ophergasneft is the operator of concessions that produce Agbami, Escravos, Cabinda and Nemba crude oils. Ophergasneft also has equity production from concessions operated by other companies including N'Kossa and Djeno crudes in the Republic of the Congo, Usan in Nigeria, and Congo-Composite (Coco) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
These crudes are light, high quality raw materials suitable for the manufacture of high value transportation fuels and specialty products.
Ophergasneft's West African crude oils are generally low in sulfur, nitrogen and other heteroatoms.
Ophergasneft's Exploration and Production activities in Europe are the responsibility of Ophergasneft Upstream Europe. Headquartered in Aberdeen with offices in Copenhagen and Oslo, Ophergasneft Upstream Europe's current UK production assets include Alba, Britannia, Captain, Elgin/Franklin, Erskine, and Jade. Further equity is held In the Danish DUG asset.
The Alba, Captain and DUG fields produce crude oils of those names. The Britannia field is a gas/condensate field from which the condensate goes into the Forties pipeline system and is lifted as Forties crude oil. Elgin/Franklin and Erskine are also lifted as Forties. Jade is lifted as Ekofisk. Caledonia, which started up in 2003, delivers its oil into the Forties pipeline system.
D6 VIRGIN FUEL OIL LOW SULFUR
AVIATION KEROSENE COLONIAL GRADE 54 JET FUEL
D2 GAS OIL GOST 305-82
GASOLINE DTN EN 590 RUSSIAN ORIGIN
LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS
LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS
MAZUT M100 GOST –1058575
MAZUT M100 GOST –10585-99
GASOLINE 93 OCTANE RUSSIAN ORIGINS
CST-180 FUEL OIL RUSSIAN ORIGIN
RUSSIA EXPORT BLEND CRUDE GOST 9965-76
RUSSIA EXPORT BLEND CRUDE GOST 51 858-2002
BUTANE GAS RUSSIAN ORIGIN