Kazakh energy minister names reasons for shutdown of Pavlodar refinery

Kazakhstan Materials 16 October 2021 13:37 (UTC +04:00)
Kazakh energy minister names reasons for shutdown of Pavlodar refinery

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 16


Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev is on a working trip in the Atyrau region, Trend reports citing the Kazakh media.

In the course of the trip, discussions took place on the reasons to cease the activity of the Pavlodar refinery, as well as on its commissioning date.

“Taking into account the situation on the fuel market, primarily with diesel fuel, we did not want to cease the work of the plant. But this is a big responsibility. The plant was planned to be closed by the summer of this year, but it was postponed to September 26. We asked the Ministry of Emergency Situations to send experts to the plant. So, it decided to stop the activity of the plant. Therefore, on October 9, the Pavlodar plant was shut down,” Mirzagaliyev said.

Daniyar Tiyesov, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Oil Refining and Marketing of NC KazMunayGas JSC, explained why refineries are stopped for repairs, as a rule, in the summer.

“This is due to the climate. During the repair period, there is a lot of flushing work, the tightness is checked. Water is used, which will freeze at low temperatures. The renovation is proceeding according to the schedule. The start-up of the Pavlodar refinery is scheduled for November 6,” said Tiyosov.

In the period from October 1 to October 8, the Pavlodar plant produced 33,700 tons of diesel fuel. Remains in the country, taking into account the one on the way, amount to 191,000 tons. This is enough for 13 days.

As previously reported, the diesel fuel situation is slowly improving.