BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 30. The Uzbekistan GTL complex (UzGTL) has started the production of synthetic diesel products, the first of a series of end products from its advanced gas-to-liquids process, Trend reports via the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan.
Diesel fuel production marks a historic step in the development of the country’s petrochemical industry. The GTL plant was built on the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and symbolizes a further advance in the country’s reindustrialization and modernization efforts.
“This event demonstrates the progress we are making in support of the country’s economic development and is a symbol of the new path Uzbekistan is taking towards a more sustainable, prosperous, and environmentally friendly future,” Uzbekistan GTL CEO, Fakhritdin Abdurasulov, said.
Mr. Abdurasulov noted that the main commissioning works of the plant, including ensuring the synchronous operation of about 11,000 pieces of equipment and main production units, as well as their full control and management, are being independently carried out by Uzbekistan citizens, including domestic engineers, young specialists, and other workers.
Based on pre-existing agreements, the first 5,000 tons of synthetic diesel fuel will be supplied to the Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Complex.
When fully operational, the plant will supply 3.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas and will produce 1.5 million tons of finished liquid products, including 307,000 tons of jet fuel, 724,000 tons of diesel fuel, and 437,000 tons of naphtha, and 53,000 tons of liquefied gas. The plant will also supply synthetic naphtha to the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex, which will be expanded in the near future. The creation of a local petrochemical cluster will make it possible to produce an additional line of products and organize waste-free production with maximum local processing.