SOCAR considers new technical conditions for transformer oil
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 2 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) is considering new technical conditions to produce TB1500 transformer oil (which is used in power engineering) at a temperature of -15 degrees, the Y. H. Mammadaliyev Institute of Petrochemical Processes said on September 2. The Institute has prepared new technical conditions for this type of oil product.
"Work in this sphere continues, and now the document is being coordinated in the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan", a source said.
He said that this normative document has been already coordinated with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Before, it was also under consideration in the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Health.
The technical conditions for TB1500 transformer oil have been agreed with the "Azneftyag" plant, which produces this oil. These conditions were submitted to power engineering specialists, who also considered the possibility of using this product. Before, they have used transformer oil at a temperature of -45 degrees.
A source said that new technical conditions were called for by SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan), who set the Institute the task to conduct research on alternatives for transformer oil production.
At present, this transformer oil is produced from light oil extracted at the onshore field of Balakhany. But production volumes of this oil at the field are declining annually. The freezing point of oil products from this oil is -70 degrees. But the freezing temperature for transformer oil is -45 degrees.
Oil with low wax content extracted at the offshore field of "Oil Rocks" was chosen as an alternative variant to transformer oil by research from the Research Institute.
Oil products in Azerbaijan are produced by two Baku refineries with total capacity of 20 million tons of oil per year. Both refineries are part of SOCAR, which annually processes more than 7 million tons of oil from onshore and offshore fields at their own expense.
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