On 21 December, a new bitumen plant and liquefied gas filling station were launched as part of the first phase of Heydar Aliyev Refinery’s reconstruction and modernisation programme. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony.
SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev reported to the head of state that the opening of the bitumen plant would increase the annual production from 250 000 up to 400 000 t. High-quality bitumen PEN 40/60 will be produced in the plant to meet domestic demand. The new facility will save energy and make a significant contribution to environment protection in Baku. It will also minimise the plant's operational costs. The construction of the new bitumen plant was necessary because of the reconstruction of the Heydar Aliyev Refinery and the phased cleaning of the former Azerneftyag’s territory to involve it in the White City project.
The first phase of the modernisation project completed today consists of three main parts: construction of the new bitumen plant and gas-filling station, demounting and cleaning work in the areas where new plants are planned to be built in the next phases plus preparation for the construction work.
Reconstruction work at the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery is being done in three phases. The first phase of the reconstruction project was completed with the construction of a new bitumen plant and associated plant facilities, a liquid gas filling station, as well as preparing the sites for the new facilities intended to be constructed in the next stages. The second phase of reconstruction work to be completed by the end of 2020 will facilitate the production of Euro-5 diesel fuel while the third phase scheduled for the beginning of 2021 will enable the production of Euro-5-standard A-92/95/98 gasoline. It will increase the refinery’s annual processing capacity to 7.5 million tpy and create a steady supply of raw materials to Azerikimya. The reconstructed refinery will completely meet the demand of the domestic market for high quality fuels, reduce carbon emissions in Baku and improve the environmental situation.
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