SOCAR's Black Sea oil terminal introduces new technology of light gas recovery
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 30 / Trend, E.Ismayilov /
Georgian Black Sea oil terminal Kulevi of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) actively introduce the new system of gas return for light gas recovery from tankers during pumping product to ship, the terminal said.
According to the terminal, ship-generated steam is sent back into the tanks where light hydrocarbons are recovered. The process aims at prevention of highly flammable atmospheric steam and gas on the surface of the tanker.
The main advantage of this process is the reduction of LOM (light organic mixes) emissions from reservoirs into the atmosphere by more than 80 percent.
This technology has been used in the terminal in early 2010 for the first time. The held inspection revealed no exudation of hydrocarbons and showed the reasonability of the new technology.
The terminal was put into operation in summer 2008. Its total capacity is 10 million tons of oil per year, including 3 million tons of oil, 3 million tons of diesel fuel, and 4 million tons of fuel oil.
The terminal can accommodate up to 168 tank cars. The tank farm's total volume is 320,000 cubic meters with the possibility of increasing to 380,000 cubic meters. The port has two berths to load petroleum products in tankers of up to 100,000 tons.Loading productivity ranges from 1,000 to 8,000 cubic meters per hour. The railway station, which can simultaneously accommodate up to 180 carriage awaiting discharge of cargo, serves to the port. The railway trestle can simultaneously unload 168 carriages.