Star Refinery processed around 4 million tons of crude oil
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.30
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Star Refinery of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR in Turkey has processed around 4 million tons of crude oil in January-August 2019, Zaur Gahramanov, CEO of SOCAR Turkey told Trend.
“We plan to process a total of 8 million tons as of 2019 and then to increase this figure to 10 million tons. We don’t have any build-up plan for the coming year. We will continue to produce at full capacity,” he explained.
Gahramanov noted that in order to complete the performance tests of the refinery, it imported Urals and Siberian light crude oil at first phase, as this oil type was the most suitable one to the refinery’s design.
“Performance tests were completed in August and we started to import crude oil from other sources, including the Middle East oil. The structure and technology of our refinery is capable of processing all types of oil worldwide,” he added.
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. The refinery will significantly reduce the dependence of Turkey on imports of petrochemical products.
The refinery worth $6.3 billion was built by SOCAR in the Aliaga District of Izmir.
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