Kazakhstan’s Shymkent oil refinery to shut down for repair

Kazakhstan Materials 28 February 2023 12:49 (UTC +04:00)
Emin Sevdimaliyev
Emin Sevdimaliyev
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 28. Kazakhstan’s Shymkent oil refinery will be shut down starting from 15 March for planned repair, Trend reports, citing the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

The preventive work will be carried out from 15 March through 9 April with the goal to carry out the maintenance of all systems to ensure the stable output of the strategic enterprise.

The Ministry of Energy revealed that work will include industrial safety and certification of process equipment and pipelines, power equipment, automated process control system, and instrumentation.

The Shymkent oil refinery is one of the major enterprises of Kazakhstan. Around 30 percent of all refined products are manufactured in the Shymkent refinery.

Earlier, Alikhan Smailov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, said that Kazakhstan works out the possibility of expanding the Shymkent refinery’s capacity from 6 to 9 million tons a year. The expansion project is expected to enable Kazakhstan to fulfill existing domestic demand and provide job opportunities for local residents.