SOCAR to use French technology for aromatics & PTA project
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Azerbaijan’s SOCAR Turkey Energy has selected French Axens’ ParamaX Technology Suite for its project of aromatics & PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) complex in the future petrochemical site in Aliaga, Turkey, said a message from Axens.
“When the final investment decision is taken, this future complex will aim at satisfying domestic market needs in PTA. For this project, Axens offered its second generation energy efficient ParamaX Suite of technologies for cost-effective production of benzene, paraxylene and orthoxylene, in combination with its Pygas hydrogenation technology for steam cracking gasoline treatment,” said the company.
The future aromatics complex is expected to produce 1,162,000 tons per year of paraxylene, orthoxylene and benzene, said the message.
PTA is the primary feedstock for polyesters used in the textile and packaging industry.
SOCAR Turkey Energy (SOCAR Turkey) is a subsidiary of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, and is Turkey’s largest international investor with multiple investments in the energy area.
SOCAR Turkey’s investments include: PETKİM, Turkey’s leading petrochemicals manufacturer; STAR Refinery, which is due to begin operations in 2018; and PETLİM, the largest container port on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast. SOCAR Turkey intends to construct a new aromatics unit to produce paraxylene (PX) unit adjacent to the newly-constructed STAR refinery located in Aliaga.
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