Himtek Engineering CJSC was established in Saint Petersburg in 1991 by Doctor of Chemical Sciences and leading expert of the State Institute of Applied Chemistry Gennady Ryleev.
The main reason to set up the company was the opportunity to implement knowledge in the field of innovative technologies for the production of different chemical products.
Despite the fact that the specifics of Himtek Engineering's business at the time of its foundation were new and unfamiliar for the domestic market, it immediately became clear from the number of requests and orders that such services were in great demand. The technology used by many Russian chemical plants was outdated, energy consuming, unsafe and product quality lagged behind that of similar foreign plants.
The first project was implemented in 1993. New universal technology was implemented at the Spektr plant in Kemerovo for the hydrogenation of organic compounds to replace polluting processes using iron filings. High-tech production - amine crosslinkers for polyurethane formulations - is an import substitute and is used for making parts for Russian car plants (VAZ, GAZ).
Together with AOZT Astor at the Angar Electrolysis Chemical Plant for the production of uranium as part of the conversion project, the production was launched of ozone friendly R-14 refrigerants using new technologies (Himtek Engineering CJSC patent together with AOZT Astor) with fluorine and carbon. The continuing development of this project makes it possible to use surplus power for fluorine to release a wide range of organofluoric products using a chlorine-free method.
Owing to RAO Gazprom's demand for diethanolamine (DEA), Himtek Engineering CJSC converted its current production of ethanolamine at Sintez JSC to new technology which is flexible in terms of the range of produced ethanolamines, MEA, DEA and TEA. As a result, the production of the demanded diethanolamine increased six fold.
New production of ethanolamine was commissioned at Sintez JSC with a capacity of ten thousand tonnes per year, using technology from Himtek Engineering CJSC, patented and based on oxyethylated anhydrous ammonia. The complex has flexibility in terms of end products (MEA, DEA and TEA), it uses energy saving and safe technology, while product quality complies with the best global standards. Production capacity has doubled thanks to the use of new patented solutions from Himtek Engineering CJSC.
Himtek Engineering CJSC acquired the OKA plant from Sintez JSC (later renamed Sintez OKA LLC), which includes a complex for the production of oxyethylated products, and a share in Himsorbent CJSC. These acquisitions turned Himtek Engineering CJSC into a management company of the largest ammonia production complex in Russia, with the ability to determine the strategy for future production development and to take the position of a research, design, process and engineering centre.
Under the management of Himtek Engineering CJSC, Sintez OKA LLC and Himsorbent CJSC jointly increased production capacity by 15,000 tonnes (50%), and significantly improved the quality of produced goods while reducing consumption ratios.
Design data developed by Himtek Engineering CJSC was used to commission a distillation column for water separation from the reaction stream of synthesised ethanolamines produced by water technology at workshop No.2. This made it possible to increase the process productivity, the quality of the final products and the environmental friendliness of the technology without making significant changes in energy consumption.
Together with Himtek Engineering CJSC, an additional distillation tower was commissioned at Himsorbent CJSC for stripping intermediate distillate in MDEA production. This made it possible to improve quality and ensure the production of a product with an MDEA content of over 99%.
Construction at Sintez OKA LLC of a new plant for triethanolamine recovery with 99+ content of the main substance. The plant currently produces a high-quality product that is in demand in Russia and abroad and which complies with leading quality standards.
Years of experience of system analysis of chemical production, joint work with Russian and foreign companies in the field of chemical equipment production, design, development of new catalysts, the creation of a management and control system, allow Himtek Engineering CJSC to efficiently solve a wide range of scientific and technical challenges faced by the industrial complex in Dzerzhinsk.