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SOCAR signs license and design agreements with Axens

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

On 17 January 2021, SOCAR HQ held a ceremony to sign licensing and design agreements between the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery (HAOR) and Axens, for the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit, as part of the HAOR modernisation and reconstruction project. The ceremony was attended by SOCAR President, Rovnag Abdullayev, Axens CEO, Jean Sentenac, and other officials.

A signing ceremony was eventually held with the parties participating. The documents were signed by Bakhtiyar Mammadov, SOCAR HAOR Director, and Fabien Lundy, Axens Process Licensing Global Commercial Director. It is worth noting that SOCAR and Axens have a long-term cooperation.

At present, the diesel hydrotreatment, gasoline hydrotreatment and C4 (butane-butylene) hydrogenation units are part of the HOAR project, as well as the C3 (propane-propylene) hydrogenation unit as part of the reconstruction works carried out at Azerkimya PU, and the naphtha hydrotreatment, diesel hydrotreatment and kerosene hydrotreatment units at the STAR refinery built in Turkey, are licensed by Axens.

The cooperation between SOCAR and Axens encompasses the training of engineers either in IFP School or in Axens in order to contribute to the successful implementation of the HOAR modernisation projects, including the operation of the licensed process units. This training also aims at developing skills in energy efficiency and sustainability. Some time ago, the AR-GE Research Centre of SOCAR Turkey, Axens and IFPEN started to jointly expand AR-GE research capabilities, and identify subjects of common interest.

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