SOCAR prepares for transporting chemical products through its own terminal in Georgia

Oil&Gas Materials 24 September 2012 13:30

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 24 / Trend E. Ismayilov /

SOCAR will begin transporting petrochemical products through its own Kulevi oil terminal in Georgia in the near future, a SOCAR senior representative told Trend on Friday.

The representative added that the EP-300 complex (Ethylene-Polyethylene plant) will be commissioned after an overhaul next week. The manufactured propylene products will be exported through the Kulevi terminal.

Regarding the monthly transportation volumes of chemical products, SOCAR representative said that the cargo turnover is expected to reach 4500 tons.

"Output will hit 5000 tons a year, most of which will be exported," the SOCAR representative said.

Chemical product transportation through SOCAR's Kulevi oil terminal will be possible thanks to a new propylene transportation complex at the oil terminal in Kulevi. The draft of the new complex was prepared by the Neftgazelmitedgigatlayihe Institute.

The complex includes compressors, transformers, a nitric station and a pier to supply polypropylene. The production at the terminal will be loaded directly from railway tankers into gas carriers.

Chemical products produced by SOCAR's Azerkimya production association will be transported via the terminal.

The Kulevi terminal was put into operation in summer 2008. Its total capacity is 10 million tons of oil per year, including three million tons of oil, three million tons of diesel fuel and four million tons of fuel oil.

The terminal can accommodate up to 168 tanker cars. The tank farm's total volume is 320,000 cubic meters with the possibility of increasing it to 380,000 cubic meters.