to the plan, in the fourth quarter of 2017, Nghi Son refinery and Petrochemical
plant (NSRP in Thanh Hoa) will start commercial operation. Until now, all
preparation works have been basically completed. Some of the remaining works
are being urgently deployed in order to ensure smooth operation ...
The project "awakes" a region
project is located in Nghi Son Economic Zone, Thanh Hoa, invested by the
investors: Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN); Kuwait Petroleum Europe B.V. (KPE);
Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd (IKC) and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI).
project has capacity of 10 million tons crude oil per year imported from Kuwait
with the total investment of $ 9.2 billion, the final products include: LPG, gasoline, diesel, mazut, benzene, kerosene/jet fuel,
para-xylene, polypropylene ...
project started construction since July 2013. Up to now, most of the
construction and installation items have been completed 100%. The plant has
been handed over (from the Contractor) to NSRP to manage. At present, NSRP is
implementing commissioning some items of utility units.
Clean waste water basin in NSRP plant
(Photo taken at 04:00pm on 21st August 2017)
scheduled, the plant will produce the first commercial products in in the
fourth quarter of 2017. When the plant moving to commercial operation, NSRP
will receive 3 crude oil vessels from KPC - Kuwait every month. With a
processing capacity of 10 million tons of crude oil per year (200,000 barrels
per day), NSRP will supply about 40% of domestic petroleum market demand,
exporting millions of tons of petrochemical products as benzene, paraxylene and
polypropylene... Contributing significantly to the state budget, strongly
promoting the socio-economic development in Thanh Hoa and the (North Central)
region, enhancing the self-control in producing refining & petrochemical
products of Vietnam and strengthening national energy security, contributing to
the national economy ...
Security, safety are the fisrt
preparation before starting operation, a reporter of Petrotimes spend a visit
to the plant and witness hard working staffs of NSRP who are ready for
producing first commercial products.
CEO of NSRP, Mr. Dinh Van Ngoc said: at 23:00 on 20th August, the Very Large
Crude Carrier first time came to Vietnam named Millennium, it came to NSRP single
point mooring (SPM) after 18 days journey at sea from Kuwait's Mina Al Ahmadi
port, crossing the 8,300 km. The Millennium is 330 m in length, 58 m in width,
40 m in height from the water surface, capable of pumping crude oil 14,000 m3
per hour through 35 km of pipelines into the oil tanks at the plant, each tank
has capacity 120,000 m.
the morning of 22nd August 2017, under the direction and
coordination of Thanh Hoa Port Authority, local authorities and experts of
NSRP, tugboat of PTSC company with sailors of Millennium ship tugged and
connected the pipeline for pumping crude oil from SPM to oil tanks in the
plant, estimated it will take 3 days for
completing the pumping . According to Mr. Ngoc, this event which marks an
important step in commissioning of NSRP plant and is prepared for the
production of petroleum refining and petrochemical products for domestic market and export. This event also mark
a strong development of Vietnam's seaport service industry when it has the
capability and conditions to receive very large crude oil tankers to our
country. This event marks Nghi Son Port, Vietnam as one of destinations on the
international maritime journey and route map of the world's Very Large Crude
Carrier (VLCC) tankers.
with receiving the first vessel of crude oil, Mr. Ngoc said: other works are
also being completed at last steps. Especially, security, safety and
environment protection have been implemented very carefully. He also said:
before receiving this first VLCC, NSRP already sent a report to the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment about the partial commissioning plan.
26th July, Department of Science and Technology of Thanh Hoa province
established inspection team, headed by Mr. Tran Van Thanh, Chief Inspector of
the Department of Science and Technology. They came to have inspection on
"Radiation Nuclear Safety". The two main contents are:
"Inspecting the the law compliance on atomic energy preservation, use and
transportation of radioactive sources and equipment" and “Inspecting the
law compliance on measurement in the use of group-two measuring devices”.
process of inspection and actual inspection in areas where radioactive sources,
X-ray equipment are located; As well as inspecting the compliance with the
regulations on measurement for group-two measuring devices. The inspection team
commented and concluded, as quoted: “…NSRP plant is in the stage of preparing
for commissioning. At the time of the inspection, NSRP is consulting with a
Technical Assistant how to fulfill responsibilities in order to comply of the
law on atomic energy in use of radioactive sources and X-ray equipment of the
company ". This center supports NSRP to complete of legal procedures,
conditions for compliance with the law ... ".
to the result of inspection of the dossier, the inspection team commented as
follows: "Basically, the company has well implemented the regulations on
radiation safety, security of radioactive sources in the use of radioactive
sources, Measurement rules for group-two measuring devices ... ".
grass carpet in the plant (photo taken at 16:00 on 21st August)
the inspection team also noted some issues such as: Dossiers mainly in English
language; At the entrance and exit area control the radiation sources X-ray
devices do not have Safety Rules. Speaking about this problem with Mr. Dinh Van
Ngoc, he said: NSRP has recognized and we are urgently deploying warning signs,
as well as safety regulations will be fully installed before the plant goes
recently, on 8th August, Mr. Nguyen Duc Quyen, Member of the Standing Committee
of the Provincial Party Committee, Standing Vice Chairman of Thanh Hoa People's
Committee came to work with this company for cheking implementation of the
provisions of the law about environmental protection, water resources, oil
spill incident response, fire prevention and fighting, radiation and chemical
safety at NSRP plant.
direct inspection, as well as listening to the report of NSRP management. Mr.
Quyen concluded: "... During the implementation of the project, NNSRP
strictly implemented the provisions of the Vietnam law on environmental
protection (waste water, emissions, noise ...); water resources; oil spill
incident response; fire prevention and fighting. NSRP implemented all the
regulations on planning, establishment of forces and organization for
practicing to performing firefighting and response to oil spills.... Especially
NSRP already spent over $480 million USD
to build environmental protection works, fire prevention ...”
this inspection, the Vice-Chairman also reminded and asked the Company to soon
complete the boards, signs, and rules in dangerous places. As well as, NSRP
have to build professional firefighting forces soon to actively respond when
the situation occurs...
lake has not been built, the Vice -Chairman asked and agreed with NSRP
management that “In commissioning phase, if equalization lake, biological
indication pond can’t be completed, waste water must be stored in waste
water basin to make sure to meet the standard before being discharged into the
environment; At the same time, NSRP must report to the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Environment for comments in accordance with the regulations”.
About this issue,
Deputy CEO Dinh Van Ngoc said: building Equalization Lake is under preparation,
because this is a big lake that will take a long construction time. In the past
time, the Company focus on the construction of the main items. During this
commissioning phase, the company is using the waste water basin to replace the
equalization lake function.
We already checked the
wastewater at the basin during the commissioning time and it shows that the
waste water was well treated, the water was clear. Mr. Ngoc said: Upcoming, the
company will drop fishes to test the quality of water by the senses. He also
said that at present there are two basins in the plant, one for collecting
surface water like rain water; another one is for responsible for wastewater
collection. These basins have been fully equipped with online analytical system
to analyze parameters such as flow rate; PH; COD content; Excess chlorine
The waste water samples
are taken regular 3 times a day (with 3 shifts of 4 working crews), so every
shift must to take samples of wastewater for analysis, in combination with
online analysis in the DCS system in the central control room. All parameters
through analysis are displayed on the screen. The analyses were compared in the
laboratory, the wastewater is guaranteed to be treated in accordance with
In addition to the
above-mentioned documents, as well as being explained by a Deputy CEO, we also
learn more about the "process" of environmental protection at this
It is known that in
order to build this plant, there are 38 international banks (lenders) in the
world who loan this project with the amount of up to 5 billion USD. One of the
mandatory requirements of these banks before drawdown loan is that they are
fully provided with technical designs in which they pay high attention to
implementation of the project, every month, the investor has submit writing
report to them about environmental protection. At the same time, the lenders
also hire NEXANT Company monthly go to the site to check. The banks understand
that if an environmental problem occurs, then the cash flow will be affected,
it is the reason why they have strict environmental protection checks. As
Beside that, the joint
venture partners including companies from Japan and Kuwait who have
professional experience in environment protection and always consider
environment protection as the first priority. Therefore, in the investment
process, they highly agreed with Vietnam (PVN) about spending 10% of the value
of EPC contract for environment protection items.
The management policy
and implementation of the environment protection, security & safety of NSRP
are very strict. If any incident
affecting one working hour must be reported. If let leaking about 10 liters of
chemicals to the land also must report the impact on the environment. This
report not only submitted to the company management, but also must be sent to
parties such as: lenders; sponsors.
As observed what have
been done at NSRP project, we can conclude that the environment protection,
safety & security of the plan is under very tight control and put at the