Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 6
By Emil Ismayilov - Trend: Cleaning areas after the dismantling of SOCAR oil refineries operating in Baku requires a special approach, the head of SOCAR ecology department Azer Aliyev told Trend on Tuesday.
According to him, clearing land contaminated by oil products is more difficult than clearing land contaminated by oil. All this is complicated by the placement of plants within the city, he said.
"To talk about the evaluation and time of clearing of these areas will only be possible after the construction of a new complex for oil and gas processing and petrochemical production, and also after dismantling of the existing processing plants," the head of SOCAR ecology department stressed.
At the same time, Aliyev stressed that the project on cleanup of contaminated land under the SOCAR two refineries will be prepared on the basis of proposals of the environmental consultant for the construction of the new complex.
The new complex will be constituted of gas processing, oil processing and petrochemical plants. Meanwhile, in accordance to the international practice, with the aim of providing the autonomous work of the plants, it is planned to construct an autonomous power block.
The construction and the commissioning of the oil processing plant with the capacity of 10 million tons per year, will meet the country's demand for strategic oil product of the oil processing plant for next 20 years.
It is planned to produce around 3 million tons of petrol and nearly 3.6 million tons of diesel fuel per year. The product will correspond to the Euro-5 standard. In addition, it is planned to produce A-1 jet engine fuel (about 1.7 million tons) which meets the most modern Western standards, and other oil products. Moreover, in order to create additional value, it is planned to produce nearly 1.7 million tons of export-oriented petrochemical product.