Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk is an industrial city in Russia, the largest oil refinery and chemical plant in the whole of Europe. The city is in the Tatarstan region of Russia, which has huge oil reserves – they say there will be enough to produce the same amounts of oil as they do now for at least thirty more years – the same volume each year. So one of our favorite photographers, Slava, has visited this place and we can see its huge chemical facilities from the air.  

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

So this city has 235,000 people living in.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Because it is in the Tatarstan region of Russia, it’s considered to have a large muslim population, so it has a big mosque.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

The main street of the city is called… “Chemical Industry Workers Avenue”.  The living blocks of the city are separated from its huge chemical industries.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

This is probably the only city to have a spiral “@” like house.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

So let’s get down to business. Nizhnekamsk city is the largest oil and chemical industrial city in Russia.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Look how huge it is. It is officially the biggest chemical plant in Europe. Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

It makes rubbers, plastics, tires, etc, etc.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Over 17,000 people work here.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

It’s the largest electric energy consumer in the whole of Tatarstan.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

In another part of the complex are the refineries for making fuels.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Those refineries process 8,000 thousand tons of oil each year.Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

The biggest place in Russia producing petrol and gas.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

And right next to it there is a tire making factory which is making “KAMA” tires from the rubber just processed at the plant next door.  Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

It produces 13,000,000 tires a year.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital
 Some international car makers – Volkswagen, etc – buy from it. It has delivered over 1,000,000 tires to VW Russia.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

And this is a power plant to supply all those other plants with electricity.

Nizhnekamsk: Russian Oil Refining Capital

Thanks, Slava, we like your photos!

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