An engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) contract for the construction of a new bitumen blowing unit at the Heydar Aliyev oil refinery, was signed with the Austrian company Poerner at the SOCAR refinery as part of the measures taken towards the realisation of the reconstruction and modernisation project at the refinery.
Tofig Jafarov and David Mammadov, SOCAR Vice-Presidents, Andreas Poerner, the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Poerner, Roland Stickler, Vice-President on contractual and commercial issues of Poerner and Ute Friessner, the Senior Official of the Austrian Embassy to Azerbaijan were all present at the ceremony held on this occasion.
Speaking about the reconstruction and modernisation project of the refinery, Vice-President Tofig Gahramanov emphasised the importance of the signed contract on the bitumen blowing unit, the first unit to be commissioned within this project, and added that it will lead to the complete decommissioning of the existing infrastructure of Azerneftyag, enabling the optimisation of the refinery’s operating costs and commencing the production of high quality bitumen, improving the ecological situation in Baku.
Andreas Poerner, the CEO of Poerner, expressed his contentment with the opportunity to further develop the mutual co-operation between the two companies, adding that he was proud Poerner, possessing advanced experience in this field, was selected as the EPCM company for the construction of the new bitumen unit.
The new bitumen unit, with the production capacity of 400 000 tpy, will be commissioned in mid-2018.
Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle
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