Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Domestic sales by Star refinery in Turkey are gradually increasing, SOCAR Turkey Enerji told Trend.
“The refinery is producing all the planned products. In January, we sold naphtha, then liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Petkim. Jet fuel and LPG have been sold for domestic needs since March, and diesel fuel since early April. Domestic sales are gradually increasing. Some products have also been exported to countries in the region (mostly Mediterranean countries),” said the company.
SOCAR Turkey Enerji said that the refinery currently uses Ural crude from Russia.
“After various tests are conducted, the processing of other brands will begin. Oil supplies are provided by SOCAR Trading. We expect that STAR Refinery will process up to 8 million tons of oil this year,” said the company.
The opening ceremony of the Star oil refinery took place on October 19, 2018 in Izmir, Turkey.
The total refining capacity of the refinery will be 10 million tons, and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR is the main supplier of crude for the refinery. The refinery will significantly reduce the dependence of Turkey on imports of petrochemical products.
The refinery worth $6.3 billion, built by SOCAR in the Aliaga District of Izmir, will produce 1.6 million tons of naphtha, 1.6 million tons of aviation fuel, 4.8 million tons of low-sulfur diesel, 700,000 tons of petroleum coke, 420,000 tons of mixed xylene and 160,000 tons of sulfur.
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