SOCAR to up thermal capacity of Kulevi oil terminal
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 5
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
The Black Sea terminal of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR in Kulevi, Georgia, is building a new boiler unit to increase its thermal capacity, said a message of the terminal posted on its website.
The Kulevi oil terminal constantly undergoes improvements in an effort to solve problematic issues concerning the transshipment of various oil products available in the market, the message said.
“Nowadays, oil refineries are processing crude oil at deeper levels, which leads to obtainment of oil products that have increased viscosity,” reads the message. “The terminal’s priority is to keep pace with the modern requirements for offloading, storing and transshipping oil products.”
All the advanced methods in this field are being studied, and the appropriate technical upgrades are planned at the Kulevi oil terminal.
At this stage, in order to improve the technological processes of viscous fuel oil offloading, work is underway to increase the thermal capacity of the terminal, in particular, a new boiler unit is being built, according to the message.
During the selection and purchase of the boiler unit, European standards were observed, the Kulevi oil terminal said in its message.
“The full boiler unit manufactured according to these requirements will be delivered to the terminal within the next few days,” the message said.
“The boiler unit system is fully automated, efficient and convenient in operation.”
The terminal in Georgia’s Kulevi was commissioned in May 2008 and oil products’ transshipment started there in June of the same year. Total capacity of the terminal is 10 million tons of bulk-oil cargo per year, including three million tons of oil, three million tons of diesel fuel and four million tons of fuel oil. Total capacity of the terminal’s tank farm is 380,000 cubic meters.