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Uzbekistan increases diesel fuel production

Oil&Gas Materials 21 August 2020 11:06 (UTC +04:00)
Uzbekistan increases diesel fuel production

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 21

By Ilkin Seyfaddini - Trend:

Uzbekistan increased gasoline production by 2.6 percent in the period from January through July 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, Trend reports with reference to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.

In total, Uzbekistan produced 610,600 tons of gasoline during the reporting period.

Moreover, for the period from January through July 2020, Uzbekistan produced 580,400 tons of diesel fuel, which 7.3 percent less than in the same period of 2019.

Currently, three large oil refineries including Bukhara, Fergana and Altyarik with a total capacity of 11.1 million tons operate in Uzbekistan. However, currently, the production output of each of the enterprises doesn't exceed one third of the designed capacity.

In December 2017, the construction of the Jizzakh Refinery, which cost $2.2 billion and has a capacity of processing of 5 million tons of oil, has begun. It was planned to be completed by 2021; however, in December 2018, the project was put on hold, and Uzbekistan announced the revision of the concept to increase capacity through modernization of existing refineries.

In particular, by 2022, it is planned to modernize Fergana and Altyarik refineries worth $875 million in three phases in partnership with American Honeywell UOP, French Axens and Danish Haldor Topsoe. Fergana Oil Refinery will start producing Euro-5 diesel as early as autumn 2020.

The modernization of the Bukhara Refinery worth $533 million is also planned to be carried out in three stages in partnership with South Korean SK Engineering to be completed by 2025.

In March 2020, Bukhara Refinery started production of high-quality Euro-4 and Euro-5 class diesel fuel, with an initial capacity of 100,000 tons per year. Installation and commissioning work was carried out with online support of specialists from the French Axens company.

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