Nizhnekamsk to celebrate regional Chemist’s Day

Nizhnekamsk to celebrate regional Chemist’s Day
Photo: Maksim Platonov

Workers of the chemical and petrochemical industry will celebrate their professional holiday on 27 May. This sector is a basic source of development of the Republic of Tatarstan's economy, while Nizhnekamsk is its immediate petrochemical centre. TAIF-NK PJSC is one of the biggest oil refineries in the countries that actively implements innovative projects, creates new and develops current high-tech factories. Today TAIF-NK occupied a decent place among big, stable and competitive enterprises in the republic and the country.

Chemist's Day is a professional holiday for workers of one of the most important sectors of heavy industry in our country. It unites not only specialists working in this industry but also scientists doing research in chemistry, students, graduates and the teaching staff of chemistry faculties. Chemistry is one of the biggest and most important spheres of natural history whose role in science development is difficult to be overestimated. The complex includes chemical and petrochemical industry, which, in turn, divide into many production spheres. Products of the chemical industry are also diverse: it's production of acids, alkalis, mineral fertilisers, polymers, dyes, household chemicals, varnishes and paints as well as rubber asbestos, photochemical and chemical pharmaceutical products.

The development history of chemistry as science began as early as the 17 th century. Then, thanks to scientist Robert Boyle, humankind heard of such a definition as a chemical element for the first time. Centuries later, in 1896, Mendeleyev's table appeared, due to which specialists still easily define the chemical composition of different substances. Nevertheless, Chemist's Day was first celebrated in our country in 1960. Before obtaining the official status, the holiday was celebrated without state support for 20 years and was introduced to the list of memorable dates only on 1 October 1980, according to the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union. During those years, the chemical sector developed rapidly and was a kind of locomotive for many industries, agriculture as well as the military and defence sphere. Chemists couldn't make their day boring and gloomy. This is why it's being celebrated under the symbol of a chemical element of Mendeleyev's periodic table on the initiative of MSU students since 1965.

The original tradition gradually spread to many chemistry faculties of the post-Soviet space. Every holiday is dedicated to one chemical element. Hydrogen was first. The jubilee 50 th holiday was dedicated to tin, while iodine is the symbol of the celebration in 2018.

Chemical Industry Worker's Day is a special holiday for Tatarstan. Our republic is one of the biggest centres in Russia where the chemical sector is fundamental and systemically important. Petrochemistry and oil refining lay in the foundation of the innovative and technological development of the regional economy and favour the solution of the all-national task – to build a new digital economy with a competitive industry. The sector's enterprises are a cluster whose components are in a single technological chain: from exploration and oil production to the end stage of raw hydrocarbon conversion that completes the production of commodities. Products of all enterprises of Tatarstan are very competitive and marketable.

Nizhnekamsk is the centre of celebration of regional Chemist's Day

Representatives of the gas and petrochemical sector of the Republic of Tatarstan has been celebrating their professional holiday in Nizhnekamsk – the capital of petrochemistry and oil refining – for the sixth year in a row. The city on the Kama River got such a title thanks to the location of the biggest industrial enterprises, which are the core. Now it's a huge complex of petrochemical factories and oil refineries, one of the main growth points of the economy of the Republic of Tatarstan, and everything only began here in last century's remote 60s.

Nizhnekamsk Chemical Factory produced its first product in 1967 already. No smaller industrial enterprises were built after it. Photo:

In 1950, Tatarstan became an owner of the biggest oil reserves in the Soviet Union. In 1959, the State City Design Institute created a plan general of Nizhnekamsk for 170,000 people. The first sledge tractor train arrived in the production site one year later, the second one came with constructors from Leninogorsk on 2 January 1961. The industrial giant that expanded its possessions to several kilometres – Nizhnekamsk Chemical Factory, which produced its first product in 1967 already, – was the core economic pillar of the city. No smaller industrial enterprises were built after it. Nizhnekamsk's industry got a new twist of development in the late 90s when capacities on industrial sites started to be actively augmented.

Representatives of the gas and petrochemical sector of the Republic of Tatarstan has been celebrating their professional holiday in Nizhnekamsk for the sixth year in a row. Photo: Maksim Platonov

''Nizhnekamsk is not only the capital of the republic's petrochemistry but also all our big Russian Federation,'' (Tatarstan President R. Minnikhanov)

Creating for the good

TAIF-NK – the leader in the Russian oil refining sector – occupies one of the first places. Nowadays the company produces more than 25 names of oil products – it's diesel fuel, naphtha, motor fuel, jet fuel and liquefied light hydrocarbons. The company successfully fulfils several projects and takes measures aimed to produce high-quality and competitive oil products. At the same time, provision of ecological safety and reduction of the negative impact on the environment of Nizhnekamsk Municipal District is one of the priority and important areas. Samples of the atmosphere are regularly taken for analysis in every plant, according to the schedule. A plan of environmental protection measures is made every year to prevent a harmful impact of the used facilities on the environment. Last year, the total cost was about 300 million rubles. The signing of a quadripartite agreement, when TAIF-NK PJSC expended more than 3,8 billion rubles, became one of the largest financial investments in an ecological project. The majority of the money, which is 3,7bn rubles, was spent to reconstruct the local shop of biological industrial wastewater treatment facility. The company started to fulfil the big project in 2014. Modern, automate, the latest biological treatment facilities were built almost again and put into operation instead of the obsolete and worn-out equipment. President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, who was present during the official launch of the biological treatment facilities last June, called the project of TAIF-NK a very good example of environmental protection, which solved a strategic task of a considerable improvement of the ecological situation in the region.

In 2017, TAIF-NK launched the reconstructed local shop of biological industrial wastewater treatment facility. Photo: Oleg Tikhonov

People as main value of the company

The staff is the main value of TAIF-NK and guarantee of successful achievement of strategic goals. Nowadays about 4,000 people work in the petrochemical giant, almost a half of them is under 35 years. Comfortable working conditions, health care, the well-being of workers and their families are an indispensable part of TAIF-NK's corporate strategy. The company has been actively working on the adopted social policy for many years – providing employees with comfortable accommodation is one of the most important elements of its fulfilment. The company successfully uses co-financing mechanisms like granting targeted loans and compensation of interests on credits and loans taken out by the workers to improve living conditions. The fulfilment of mortgage programmes at TAIF-NK began in 2005. The company has granted more than 1,7 billion rubles during this period. 1,6bn rubles of them were sent to support ''Social Mortgage'' programme, 102 million rubles were used to grant the workers loans to pay the initial instalment, 18 million rubles – to compensate the interests paid on targeted loans of the enterprise and Avers Bank's credits. TAIF-NK plans to continue the fulfilment of the mortgage programme at least until 2020. More than 140 employees of the company, including 76 workers within an additional corporate mortgage programme, will be able to have housewarming parties during this time.

The fulfilment of the mortgage programmes at TAIF-NK began in 2005. The company has granted more than 1,7 billion rubles during this period. Photo courtesy of TAIF-NK

TAIF-NK: power for the good

Today TAIF-NK PJSC is a modern oil refining complex that completely complies with tendencies of the world industry and foundation of the world economy. Technological possibilities of the enterprise regularly change. New areas and tasks appear. The company moves forward. Stability, innovation, breakthrough are decisive development tendencies of the enterprise today. TAIF-NK builds its dynamic development on a consistency in augmentation of volumes and perfection of the workers' professionalism, which allows to comply with the level of leading enterprises in the oil refining sector. TAIF-NK's stable work, undoubtedly, increases gross regional and domestic products, which also raises the general level of effectiveness and innovation of the economies of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Russian Federation.

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