Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Dec.14 /Trend H. Hasanov/
The Turkmenbashi complex of oil refineries industrially developed about 6.41 million tons of hydrocarbons since the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said.
High-quality gasoline production amounted to 1.841.216 million tons, diesel fuel - 1.988.979 million tons, production increase reached 103.5 and 101.3 percent.
A national program on development of oil and gas industry for the period up to 2030, which provide increased volumes of petroleum products in the country and the improvement of their quality as a result of hydrocarbon processing is being implemented in the country.
In 2015 Turkmenistan is planning to increase oil refining capacity to 15 million tons a year, in 2020 up to 20 million tons, in 2025 to 22 million tons and 2030 to 30 million tons.
According to the approved plans this will be achieved through the construction of three new refineries and modernisation of existing facilities, including in the city of Turkmenbashi and at the Seidi refinery, located in the east. The country is currently producing about 10 million tons of oil a year most of which is processed in local factories.
Construction of facilities for the production of benzene, toluene, xylene and their derivatives will start in near future at one of the largest enterprises in the country, a refinery at Turkmenbashi. At present it is manufacturing various types of gasoline, kerosene, diesel oil, lubricating and universal oils and coke.