Kazakh refineries to undergo digitalization projects implementation
Baku, Azerbaijan, September 23
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
The projects for maintenance and equipment repair will be implemented on Kazakhstan’s Atyrau and Shymkent refineries within the framework of digitalization, Vice Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Murat Zhurebekov said, Trend reports with reference to Kazakh media.
Zhurebekov made the statement during the 6th annual The Downstream Caspian and Central Asia conference held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
According to the vice minister, in order to fully meet the demand of the local market for petroleum products and to decrease the dependence on import, all three major oil refineries of Kazakhstan have been modernized.
He further added that thanks to the modernization, the local market is being 100 percent supplied by fuel of Kazakh manufacturing. Furthermore, Kazakh refineries are currently manufacturing oil and lubricants which meet ecological standards.
“The increase of oil processing and manufacturing of petroleum products has for the first time provided for surplus of oil and lubricants on the local market and allowed to export them to countries of Central Asia. The projects for maintenance and equipment repair will be implemented on Kazakhstan’s Atyrau and Shymkent refineries within the framework of digitalization. These projects allow to manage the preventive check-ups and the maintenance works, as well as to implement maintenance work no less than every three years,” Zhurebekov said.
As a result, Zhurebekov said, the increase of reliability of equipment, decrease of maintenance expenditures and increase of volume of oil processing by average of 300,000 tons a year is expected.
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