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Renovations continue at the Fergana oil refinery

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Saneg's Fergana oil refinery, one of the leading enterprises for the production of fuels and lubricants in Central Asia, has made significant progress on the most ambitious renovation in the plant’s 63-year history. Saneg, which began overseeing operations at Fergana in 2020, acquired the facility in 2022.

Since the launch of the modernization plan – valued at more than US$400 million – three years ago, over US$249.6 million in external investments and proprietary funds have been attracted to implement the project, which by 2024 will help the plant to expand its product line and improve the quality of its output, while reducing irretrievable losses of hydrocarbons.

“Saneg are very proud that our modernization efforts will expand the range of new products at Fergana Refinery,” said Abdusalom Abdumanoniy, Deputy Director for Modernization and Prospective Development. “Under Saneg’s continuing stewardship, the Fergana plant will produce and deliver for the domestic market high-quality refined hydrocarbons, contributing to a significant increase in wealth of our country”.

So far, the following work has been done as part of the renovation project:

  • Installation of 12 out of 36 new modern tanks of various sizes, utilising the TankRadar Rex measuring system from the Swiss company Endress+Hauser for metrological calculations, production control, inventory of tanks and eliminating the risk of overfilling.
  • Designing and building a proprietary steam boiler house with a chemical water treatment plant to meet the production needs of new and existing technological steam installations.
  • Breaking ground on construction of a hydrocracking unit, a hydrogen production unit and a pressure swing adsorption unit, all of which will enable the manufacture of new finished products.
  • Commencing operation of an industrial plant for the processing of oil sludge, enabling the recycling of oil waste and returning it to production.
  • Purchase and installation into the reactors of the catalytic reforming unit of a modern hydrotreating catalyst from the French company Axens, facilitating the production of various grades of gasoline.

Currently thousands of workers and hundreds of units of specialised equipment are involved in the project. The next step will be the construction of an isomerisation unit, which will increase the high-octane yields of motor gasolines from refined oil.

In the future, the Fergana oil refinery will become the first and only enterprise producing Euro 5 class motor gasolines and lubricating oils of group II+/III, according to API in Uzbekistan.

Future development of the Fergana Oil Refinery will build out the plant into a petrochemical complex.

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