SOCAR creates infrastructure to transport chemicals through Kulevi terminal

Oil&Gas Materials 31 January 2012 14:36 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend E. Ismayilov /

SOCAR plans to complete the required infrastructure at the Kulevi oil terminal as part of a project to transport chemical products via the terminal in March, the Azerkimya production association told Trend today.

Operations are underway at the terminal to construct a facility to transport liquefied hydrocarbon gas. Steel railway overpass constructions are being assembled.

"Containers with nodes, blocks and other equipment are being supplied," the association said. "It is expected to complete the project in March 2012."

The structures are essential for transporting chemical products, such as propylene.

A SOCAR senior representative said earlier that SOCAR intends to start transporting chemical products in spring 2012.

Liquid polyethylene and polypropylene produced by Azerkimya are considered raw materials for transportation. Azerkimya is the largest chemicals producer in Azerbaijan. its products are transported today via other ports in Georgia.

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 tank farm's total volume is 320,000 cubic metres with the possibility to
rise to 380,000 cubic metres.