Refinery with capacity of 300 tons per year will be built in southern Tajikistan.
The corresponding decree was adopted by the government of the republic in June 2012, the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Tajikistan told AP news agency.Currently the preliminary work on the construction of the plant is being held.
The Ministry of Energy and Industry noted that the agreement on the supply of crude oil for operation of the plant with certain countries have already been achieved.
Meanwhile, it is expected that an oil refinery with capacity of 50 tons per year will be commissioned in September this year in Shahrinav area. In the future we plan to increase the capacity of Shahrinav refinery up to 100 tons per year. The builders of this company are hoping to complete all work before September 9 - Independence Day of Tajikistan, the Ministry of Energy and Industry said.
Oil refinery with capacity of 50 tons is also being constructed in the north of Tajikistan. The refinery will be operating in Kanibadam.
It should be noted that at present the need for petroleum products in Tajikistan is not more than 800 thousand tons per year.
Last year, the republic imported 770 thousand tons of petroleum products. The import of petroleum products is dominated by jet fuel (272 tons in 2011), gasoline (234 tones) and diesel fuel (226 tons). Large consignments of jet fuel were re-exported to Afghanistan.
Most petroleum products were imported to Tajikistan from Russia. Exports of Russian oil products are mainly implemented by Gazprom oil from the Omsk Oil Refinery. Deliveries of petroleum products to Tajikistan are also carried out from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Since 1995, Russian oil supplies to Tajikistan were carried out without levying customs duties on the basis of the relevant protocols to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the establishment of the CIS free trade zone.
Customs duties on Russian oil supplies to Tajikistan have been introduced on May 1, 2010. As a result, prices have increased significantly in the country.