Tatarstan petrochemicals go to Tobolsk —

Familiarization with industrial sites, exchange of production experiences and preparation for socially important tasks – what the inhabitants of Tatarstan saw in Tobolsk

A TAIF delegation – representatives of Kazanorgsintez and Nizhnekamskneftekhim headed by directors Farid Minigulov and Ayrat Safin – visited Tobolsk. During a two-day business trip, residents of Tatarstan not only got acquainted with the production site of ZapSibNeftekhim, but also learned more about the historical capital of Siberia, the role that SIBUR played in socio-economic development of the city and Tyumen Oblast in general. Read more in Realnoe Vremya’s report.

To learn from each other

As soon as the TAIF delegation arrived in the hospitable land of Tobolsk, they headed out to familiarize themselves with the production capabilities of the Siberian division of SIBUR. But before going to the industrial site, they did a quick COVID-19 test and put on the special equipment. Employee safety is a priority. This requirement is inflexible and indisputable in any division of exploitation – from Moscow to Siberia and Tatarstan.

As soon as the TAIF delegation arrived on the lands of Tobolsk, they headed for the production site of ZapSib. Photo:

The busy travel schedule started with a propane dehydrogenation (PHD) unit. Capacities commissioned in 2013 transform propane into propylene used in ZapSib’s polymer plants into polypropylene. Construction and assembly work has recently started at the plant as part of a modernization and capacity expansion programme. With the development of ZapSib, the PHD ceased to meet the requirements of the polymer units for the raw material. 80,000 tons per year must be delivered by other companies. After the end of the project, the efficiency of the unit will increase by 8.4%, to 561,000 tons per year, which will reduce the need for imported raw materials by two (up to 40,000 tons).

The modernization of the PHD unit will allow ZapSib to halve the need for imported raw materials. Photo:

Work with propane feedstock is of particular interest to Kazanorgsintez, who has implemented a joint ethane and propane pyrolysis project with his capabilities.

In addition, the TAIF delegation visited the sanctuary of all production — the operator rooms. At ZapSib, they are common to related factories, which makes it possible to exchange information more quickly and to better feel teamwork.

ZapSib operator rooms are common to related factories. Photo:

The exchange of information is one of the main objectives of the visit. Representatives of the Siberian and Tatarstan branches of SIBUR discussed plans and prospects for 2022 and common engineering and management tasks – further increasing production efficiency and launching new technologies and environmental projects. The challenges are the same for the sector, while the ways to address them may differ. Therefore, it is important to know what and how colleagues who have become members of a company do it, what successes they have achieved and what difficulties they have encountered. ZapSib specialists shared the basics of introducing digital instruments – online productivity charts – and talked about mobile patrol technology that helps perform tasks more efficiently and safely.

The challenges of the sector are the same, but the ways to address them may vary. The exchange of experiences is a means of achieving the greatest efficiency. Photo:

The activity of the SIBURINTEKH training center also greatly interested TAIF. Joint work with related universities does not exclude the need for independent training and retraining of the best specialists. This is also another area in which the experience and preparatory work of SIBUR and TAIF can complement each other effectively.

In general, the united society makes large-scale plans for further development. SIBUR published the fact of the signing of agreements on the modernization of operation and the creation of new capacities at Kazanorgsintez and Nizhnekamskneftekhim in Tatarstan and ZapSibNeftekhim in Tobolsk with the Russian Ministry of Energy on January 28 by accident when the management of KOS and NKNK were in Tobolsk. The holding company is considering about 20 projects, the most promising of which will receive at least 400 billion rubles of investments until 2027.

“Remaining a social partner in the regions where petrochemicals are developed”

Tobolsk is one of the good examples of how a large company develops, also contributes to positive changes in the region of its presence.

Dmitry Konov: “Our mission is to help the regions in which we work to develop. Photo:

“Our great mission is to help Russian petrochemicals and at the same time to remain a social partner for the regions in which we work. Social partnership should be as environmentally friendly as possible, develop our employees, create conditions for safe and comfortable work for them, helping these municipalities, these regions in which we are working to develop, ”said the chairman of the board of directors of SIBUR Holding PJSC, Dmitry Konov, who arrived in Tobolsk.

The development of Tobolsk has been closely synchronized with the development of the petrochemical plants located here since the 1970s. During the development of ZapSibNeftekhim, SIBUR took over and an integrated program of infrastructure development of the city of Tobolsk 2020 was launched in 2017 with the city administration and the government of Tyumen Oblast.

Priority areas were chosen together with the citizens of Tobolsk. The program includes the construction, reconstruction and major overhaul of more than 40 educational, health, cultural, sports and urban environment establishments.

A trilateral agreement on cooperation in the integrated development of Tobolsk until 2030 was signed on January 28. Photo:

Tobolsk 2020 became the first attempt at integrated city development in the post-Soviet era. And this attempt can be declared successful: in 2020, Tobolsk was in the top 5 of the Russian Ministry of Construction’s ranking of quality of life in medium-sized cities, becoming the only city outside Moscow Oblast to finish in the top 5.

On January 28, the government of Tyumen oblast, the city administration and SIBUR signed a new trilateral agreement on cooperation for the implementation of the program of integrated urban environmental development in the historical capital of Siberia until 2030. The document was signed by the governor of the region. Alexander Moor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIBUR Holding PJSC Dmitry Konov and City Mayor Maxim Afanasyev in the presence of the Russian President’s Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Ural Federal District Vladimir Yakushev.

As the document notes: “The improvement and gardening of the city, the development of public spaces, the restoration of historic heritage sites and the creation of conditions to increase tourist attractiveness will be key axes”. The program will be co-financed by the budget of Tyumen Oblast and the city itself and by SIBUR, which is one of the main taxpayers in the region. As in the case of Tobolsk 2020, residents will be invited to the creation of the program. A series of public debates will take place this spring where the list of priority projects and sites to be included in the program will be chosen. A list taking into account the opinions of citizens will be drawn up and presented by the end of the summer.

Arseny Favstritsky


Rose D. Jones