RMG-80 is a specific type of marine fuel that has a reduced sulphur content. Because of this, it is considered a more “environmentally friendly” fuel, as it produces less toxic emissions. That makes RMG-80 an ideal marine fuel to be used in emission control zones such as the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the English Channel.
In a recent press release, giant Russian marine fuel refinery, Gazprom Neft, announced that its Omsk Refinery in Western Siberia, has produced its first batch of RMG-80. The release went on to say that the Omsk Refinery is looking to dispatch up to 50,000 tons of the marine fuel by the end of 2017. It estimates the market potential of the new marine fuel to be 158,000 tons per year.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, the marine bunkering business of Gazprom, will be handling all sales of RMG-80.
Russia’s Omsk Refinery is one of the largest, and certainly the most modern oil refinery in Russia. It has an annual capacity of refining over 20 million tons of oil, and in addition to the new RMG-80, it produces some 50 varieties of petrochemicals.
How Is RMG-80 Different from Other Marine Fuels?
New international regulations limiting sulfur in fuels for ocean-going vessels, are set to take effect in 2020. In October of 2016, The International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided to move forward with a plan to reduce the maximum allowable levels of sulfur and other pollutants in marine fuels used on the open seas, from 3.5% by weight to 0.5% by weight by 2020. This decision follows several other marine fuel regulations limiting sulfur content, such as the implementation of Emissions Control Area (ECA) requirements in coastal waters and specific sea-lanes in North America and Europe, which limited the maximum sulfur content of fuels to 0.1% by weight starting in July 2015.
Bunker fuel—the fuel typically used in large ocean-going vessels, and the type produced by refineries such as Gazprom—is a mixture of petroleum-based oils. According to Gazprom, the low-sulphur marine fuels are produced by the refinery through the catalytic cracking of hydro-treated vacuum gas oil. In addition, the unique formulation of RMG-80 features an additive that decreases cold-flow temperature and stops wax from settling in the fuel. The process results in “a low-viscosity residual marine grade fuel having sulphur content of less than 1000ppm.”
According to the announcement, the ability to produce RMG-80 at the facility was the result of an ongoing modernization of the refinery. The upgrades included almost 2 miles of new pipelines.
Courtesy of Gazprom Neft PJSC.
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