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04.09.2014

Paradise for brains

The largest in the Western Siberia private oil enterprise not only produces its products, but also "forges" its professionals

- For me personally, nothing of the kind can happen in my life, said a year ago to the "Kuzbass", Nikolay Podavylov, the Director the Yaya oil refinery. I have gained tremendous experience, because there was a green field, and here is the plant, when in all the pipelines, in the arteries not blood but oil is flowing. Everything is alive, everything is moving, though few believed... Even the owners, I think, not quite believed. They say we buried here lot of money, but how is it going to be made alive? Perhaps this is the most interesting years in my professional life...


It should be noted that the tremendous experience, mentioned by Podavylov is being gained not only by him, but by the entire production team. However, let us try to personalize this statement with a couple of examples...

Evgeny Paramonov, the head of the commodity shop, is 45 years. He is a resident; he made a career at the Anzhersky glass manufacturing plant, at the age of thirty years, having risen from an operator of the machine of vertical production of glass to the technical Director.

 The manufacturing plant was evacuated to Kuzbass during the war, it employed 1,800 people. The sand was transported from Ulyanovsk, soda - from Krasnoyarsk and Achinsk, dolomite and feldspar from Krasnoyarsk and the Urals. In new times with the increase in railway tariffs, the company started to falter. For example, the price of shipping was twice as much as the cost of fuel oil... Job cuts, bankruptcy administration and in late December 1999 the history of the plant was over.

In February Paramonov was invited to become a head of a workshop at the Anzhersky plant. The task was to convert the workshop, which produced chutes and chains into metallurgical production. He recalls how he started up the new equipment of the foundry, the moulding line, new furnaces.

 - This is discovery of the new; this is... a paradise for brains! – he explains. When the gyrus work - it's interesting... I had such a schedule: at 7 am I was at work, at 9 pm at home, but I had enough energy...

At the plant Anzheromash Paramonov has worked over 12 years.

- Actually I am a consistent person, - he says very seriously, - over my life I have changed three companies, though the capitalists advise to change jobs every five years, so the brain does not stagnate. I came here in March 2012. I knew that such a plant was being built; I really wanted to get here. Based on my big work experience, I have intuition: I understand that there will be very serious tasks that are very interesting, and, of course, the salary...

 He was ready to work as a simple operator, but he was offered a position of a mechanic of the site. He started to grow quickly: development period took place at the huge plant; oil refining industry is new for Kuzbass, the plant had to raise specialists by itself. Under conditions of staff scarcity incredible careers are being made here...

- I think this plant has both feet on the floor, - Paramonov’s smile is calm and expansive, and no financial cataclysm will move it. The prospects - the second stage will start, some people will go there. It is not possible to hire from the street, they will take people from existing facilities. Again, the paradise, because there are such processes, which we do not have... And people felt their future. Look at the parking place - on weekdays we have not enough space for the cars, it needs to be enlarged. And all the cars are good...

"We take any... and he talks about the colleagues. As a former driver in just two years! - became an operator, a senior operator, a shift supervisor, and is now firmly incorporated in the reserve and in the absence of the head of the workshop performs his duties... About patrol inspectors who never lifted anything heavier than striped sticks, now they are pourers who are proud of the growing skill and earnings...

- There are people with higher education; it is a relatively large group of people who studied with no purpose: lawyers, economists, accountants. An entire caste of people, I don't know why they studied. One has been working for two years as a pourer and satisfied, also satisfied with the salary. He is a lawyer. He came here through the employment service! There is a former fireman with higher education; he is in good standing, now a senior shift operator, already substituted his head...

- Only three enterprises in my life - Paramonov is smiling, but his voice is surprisingly serious, “I hope this is the last one”...

He believes in it, he feels it due to its "long-term experience" and formed "intuition", furthermore - here it is, the first and foremost the Yaya oil refining giant, having grown up in a remarkably short period of time in the greenfield. And ahead there is the start of the second stage; the third one – the paradise for the brain, adrenaline for the nerves, objectives, perspectives, life...

Igor Gustaytis is a foreman of petroleum products loading. To the plant he came as a compressor operator, he went quickly up the career ladder. Before the oil industry worked in the food industry, including 17 years as a Director of the dairies.

He has become a Director of the plant in the age of 35 years, in the mid-nineties of the last century. After seven years he was invited to a new plant in Kemerovo, which had to be created from scratch, and he devoted to it ten years.

To my asking why he decided to change the industry so drastically he responds slowly and thoroughly:

- There are a lot of reasons. The first one – I have been travelling to Kemerovo for 10 years. I had, roughly speaking, a six-day week, I was getting up at five in the morning. In the evening I was coming back, falling down, getting up in the morning.. For me the schedule was normal, just the driving became longer and longer. At first three hours I spent on the road, but when I was about to quite the company - four and a half. The traffic jams, the stream... Sitting in a car is not useful, in thirty years it is still possible to tolerate, but in fifty it starts to get on nerves very much. My knees started to hurt. When I came here – I had to walk around a lot, over a shift – up to 10 kilometres is normal, it happened up to 16 kilometres on a good day. My socks could not resist two shifts in boots, they were wearing into holes. But my knees got normal, and I lost 12 kg! This was just in the start-up period... I found only advantages from all the sides... In addition, the owner either lost the interest, or reoriented, but the production rate of the plant has been decreased half as much. And the decrease from 120 tons of milk per day to 70 tons is not correct. I was used to arrive when everything was humming and roaring, and then you come to a cemetery...

Suddenly you understand that here is the main thing – one feels good at an enterprise, when it grows, and not when it is being buried...

- I live nearby, - Gustaytis is explaining, - when they were still drilling here and were busy with geology, I saw it, and my question was: what was planned there? And then the idea came: a new enterprise means again to go up, but not down...

And he was saying, what happiness it is, when a plant goes up; and it was strange where his calmness and moderation suddenly disappeared.

- There was the start-up - there are moments when I without any shame or doubt can say: I started it up! I have taught these people! That is, on this enterprise the imprint will be left...

And as in the conversation with Paramonov, the leitmotif was about the amazing and rapid changes taking place in the professional lives and careers of those who work there, at the Yaya oil refinery...

Igor ALEKHIN.

Yaya district.

By the WAY

 The Yaya oil refinery is one of the most large-scale projects in the Russian refining of the post-Soviet period, which is able to ensure the diversification of the economy of Kuzbass and give a powerful impulse to further development of the Siberian economy. Construction began five years ago thanks to Novokuznetsk company "Neftechemservis". The idea of construction of a large refinery was supported by the Governor of the Kemerovo region Aman Tuleyev.

After implementation of the second stage of construction, capacity of the Yaya oil refinery will be increased up to six million tons of oil per year, and the refining depth will be increased up to 92 percent.


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