The fourth yearbook of oil shale industry of Estonia was released
According to the yearbook for 2017 oil shale industry of Estonia is gathering its strength under conditions of the growing world economy and changing market prices, as well as slight rising of petroleum prices: the volumes of shale oil production were record-breaking-more than million tonnes and the volume of oil shale mining exceeded 15,5 million tonne.
Oil shale industry Yearbook combines data of the economic year on the point of Estonian oil shale industry role in economy, oil shale value chain from mining to finished product, relationship with natural environment and contribution to society, including contribution to community, employment, education and science.
The annual report shows that oil shale industry follows the path of efficiency enhance and cleaner production, invests in new technologies and updates manufacturing equipment. Modern industry is more and more guided by digital solutions which make oil shale mining and production processes more efficient, safe and rapid. The companies of oil shale industry contributed to the state treasury 103 million euro as in 2016, about 70 million euro were invested in innovations and new technologiesв, direct and indirect investments in environment made 32 million euro. Different data relevant to the industry are compared in the yearbook for the five years.
In 2017 the sum of investments in innovations and oriented on the development activities grew, herewith circular economy became the central topic. To ensure innovative development of the branch the companies cooperated closely with the scientists of universities. In the research laboratories of TTU oil production from utilized automobile tyres was tested, new ways of shale ash application were looked for, technologies were searched after, including production of various chemical products based on kerogen. Knowledge and experience accumulated by Estonia for 100 years are demanded on a level of the world standard and are successfully exported to another countries having oil shale deposits. Many Estonian geologists, engineers and scientists made a valuable contribution to Jordan project directed by Eesti Energia. The samples drawn in the course of geological exploration of El Lajjuni and Attarat deposits in Jordan were analyzed on oil content and caloricity in the fuels technology research testing laboratory of Oil Shale Competence Center. Almost 3000 samples were analyzed by the chemists in the frames of the project at the laboratory of Kohtla-Järve in 2008-2013.
According to Kalle Pirk, Head of Oil Shale Competence Center of Virumaa College of TTU, shale produce quality rising, new products working out, extension of possibilities of by-products application and standardization are in the focus of businessmen and scientists of TTU for the last years. «The cornerstone of oil shale industry competitiveness is increase of its value. Development and renewal of industry standards plays important role, since international standards require additions, allowing for peculiar properties of oil shale», noticed Pirk.
The yearbook of oil shale industry of Estonia was presented on June 13 by Kalle Pirk, Head of Oil Shale Competence Center, Meelis Goldberg, Member of the Board Enefit Kaevandused, Ahti Asmann, Chairman of the Board Viru Keemia Grupp and Priit Orumaa, Chairman of the Board Kiviõli Keemitööstus.
The yearbook is issued as internet-edition in Estonian, Russian and English languages and is available on the page www.pkk.ee and on the websites of the companies. Publication of the yearbook is supported by European Fund of Regional Development.