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The Gas Condensate Fractionation and Transshipment Complex (the “Ust-Luga Complex”) is located at the all-season port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea. The Ust-Luga Complex processes stable gas condensate into light and heavy naphtha, jet fuel, ship fuel component (fuel oil) and gasoil, and enables us to ship the value-added petroleum products to international markets. The Ust-Luga Complex also allows for transshipment of stable gas condensate to the export markets. After launching in 2013, the complex also allowed us to improve logistics and reduce transportation costs due to a more favorable geographical location of Ust-Luga compared to the port of Vitino, through which we had previously exported our stable gas condensate.
In 2018, the Ust-Luga Complex processed 6,949 mt of stable gas condensate into 6,807 mt of end products, including 4,244 mt of light and heavy naphtha, 1,087 mt of jet fuel and 1,476 mt of ship fuel component (fuel oil) and gasoil. The Ust-Luga Complex will commence constructing a hydrocracker unit in 2019 that will eventually reduce the fuel oil and gasoil component into higher grade petroleum products. We expect this new upgrading unit will be commissioned in 2020.
High value-added petroleum products produced at the Ust-Luga Complex have a significant positive impact on the profitability of our liquid hydrocarbons sales and the Company’s cash flow generation.