SOCAR intends to conduct reconstruction of oil refinery to increase production capacity
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 19 / Trend, E. Ismayilov /
The company SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) intends to implement a number of reconstruction projects on two own oil refineries located in Baku in 2010-2012, SOCAR said.
SOCAR has two oil refineries - Baku Oil Refinery named after Heydar Aliyev and Oil Refinery Azneftyag. Designed total processing capacity of both oil refineries is 20 million tons per year.
According to the source in SOCAR within the operations on the reconstruction of the oil refinery named after Heydar Aliyev is expected to undertake the following projects:
- within satisfaction of the growing gasoline demand is planned to increase production capacity of catalytic cracking from two million tons to three million tons, the implementation of the reconstruction project for the improvement of qualitative indicators and reduction of operating costs (2010-2012 years)
-it is planned to increase the capacity of the machinery of primary processing (ELOU AVT-6), reducing fuel and power consumption (30%), the implementation of the reconstruction project in order to reduce operational costs and improve qualitative indicators (2010-2011),
-it is planned to implement project to improve the quality of diesel production (2010-2011).
Also the plant will hold a number of other, smaller projects aimed at increasing production capacity, improvement of qualitative indicators and reduction of operating costs.
Within the operations on reconstruction at the oil refinery Azneftyag it is envisaged to implement the following projects:
- Construction of additional facilities for the production of bitumen (2010-2011),
- Improvement of steam provision and reduction of steam consumption (2010-2011).
Also, the plant envisages implementation of other smaller projects aimed at increasing production capacity, improvement qualitative indicators and reduction of operating costs, the source said.
In January-March Azerbaijan's two oil refineries made more than 1.24 million tons of oil products compared to about 1.12 million tons in January-March 2009.