NIS representatives participated in the second international expert conference under the subject of “Role of Oil Shales in Overcoming the Energy Crisis”, held in Belgrade, organised by the Balkan Magazine energy internet portal.|
The conference was attended by representatives from the competent ministries and experts in the field of mining, energy and economy, who presented the significance of oil shales in the energy field and to what extent Serbia disposes of them . Special attention was devoted to the types and advatanges of the technology for processing oil shales but also to the enivornmental risks that the process may produce.
On this occassion, the Serbian Government representatives pointed out that a tender would be advertised for exploration, processing and exploitation of oil shales in the Aleksinac Basin. An estimate shows that in Serbia’s natural wealth includes 11 basins with 4.5 billion tons of oil shale reserves.
One of the companies interested in the exploitation of oil shales is NIS, which already owns the required crude oil processing facilities.
Kirill Kravchenko, NIS CEO, said that oil transportation to other refineries or the construction of a new refinery would be very expensive, while using the existing refinery capacities in Pančevo and Novi Sad would save financial resources. Furthermore, he explained that exploitation of oil shales has the potential to increase Serbia’s energy independence.
Representatives of the Russian company OAO Atomenergoprojekt, which is known for its experience and modern technology in oil shale exploitation, introduced the round table participants with their oil shale processing technology. This company has been developing the technology of oil shale processing for the previous seventy years. In cooperation with TTU, they are developing processing technologies for a maximum energy exploitation from oil shales. Currently, their technology is operating in two oil-shale-powered thermal power plants in Estonia, and they are working on ten other projects in different countries. According to Ruslan Salihov, the company’s Chief Engineer, the Company has already completed the entire process, from the phase of obtaining construction permits to the factory construction, in a number of different countries, including EU member-states.