Westport Trading Europe Limited modernizing refinery in Turkmenistan

Oil&Gas Materials 21 January 2020 17:08 (UTC +04:00)
Westport Trading Europe Limited modernizing refinery in Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Jan. 21

By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:

The US Westport Trading Europe Limited company has begun installation of a delayed coking unit (DCU) at an oil refinery in Turkmenbashi city in Turkmenistan, Trend reports referring to the Turkmennebit (Turkmen Oil) state concern.

With the launch of the new unit, the installation of which is planned to be completed in 2022, production of petroleum coke, gasoline, liquefied gas and high-quality road bitumen will increase.

The work is carried out with the participation of WTL (FZE) company. The design capacity of the equipment, the licenser and designer of which is the Foster Wheeler company – 900,000 tons of products per year.

In addition to petroleum coke, the refinery will also produce liquefied petroleum gas, which, after additional purification, will be delivered to the unit for obtaining commercial liquefied gas for export.

Gasoline produced at the DCU is a component for the production of RON-80 gasoline, or can be used as raw material for the production of high-octane gasoline.

In the future, it is planned to use equipment for commissioning an additional section for the production of needle coke - a key raw material, which, due to its unique properties, allows creating heavy duty graphite electrodes, mainly used in metallurgy.

The release of a new oil product will allow Turkmenistan to enter international market with high-quality goods, which are in demand in India, China, the EU, the CIS and other regions of the world, the report said.

Turkmenistan plans to increase the capacity of the oil refining industry to 30 million tons by 2030.

At this stage, Turkmenistan annually produces approximately 10 million tons of oil, a significant part of which is refined at local facilities.