Aromatic hydrocarbons complex in Kazakhstan to start operating at design capacity soon (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.17
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
The new complex for production of aromatic hydrocarbons at Kazakhstan's Atyrau refinery is expected to start operating at design capacity by late 2015, KazMunaiGas - Processing and Marketing JSC, which is the refinery's shareholder told Trend.
The complex for production of aromatic hydrocarbons was constructed as part of the project for modernization of the Atyrau refinery.
The project for modernization of this refinery consists of two stages - construction of a complex for production of aromatic hydrocarbons and construction of a complex for deep oil processing.
The start-up work at the complex for production of aromatic hydrocarbons is close to completion. Moreover, the pilot batches of benzene and paraxylene have already been received.
Orders for production of equipment (with a long term of manufacturing) have been fully placed, deliveries of equipment have started within the construction project of the complex for deep processing of oil.
Construction and installation work on the complex of deep processing of oil is currently underway at 53 construction sites: piles are being hammered, planning of grounds is being conducted, foundations are being prepared. The work on installation of steel structures, pipelines and equipment is also underway. The construction project of a complex for deep processing of oil is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Thus, all work within the project of modernization of Atyrau oil refinery will be completed in 2016.
"The total cost of the construction of a new aromatic hydrocarbon production complex is $1.04 billion," KazMunaiGas - Processing and Marketing said.
The cost of the construction of a deep-oil processing complex is estimated at $1.68 billion.
The modernization of the Atyrau refinery will expand the product range, increase the oil refining depth up to 87 percent, the production volumes of light oil products (high octane gasoline, diesel fuel complying with Euro-3 and Euro-4 standards), increase the processing capacity from the current 4.9 million metric tons to 5.5 million metric tons of oil per year.
Kazakhstan has three major oil refineries, namely, Atyrau, Shymkent and Pavlodar.
Edited by CN
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