STAR refinery, built by Azerbaijans state oil company SOCAR in Turkey, will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in net gain for Azerbaijan and SOCAR, the state oil company said.
“We are gradually conducting the commissioning process, while the refinery complex is expected to reach its full production capacity this year. This allows us to trespass from the project development stage to operations, coming to the edge, where the project starts generating revenues,” said the company.
“It will help Turkey reduce its trade deficit, substituting a significant part of currently imported products with local production. STAR refinery will also generate hundreds of millions USD in net gain for Azerbaijan and SOCAR. The integration with SOCARs other facilities in the Aliaga peninsula, will also boost the efficiency of petrochemicals production. STAR will feed our petrochemical complex Petkim with naphtha, which was being imported from overseas up until now,” said the company.
The integration of feedstock supply, as well as the common use of some utilities and infrastructure will allow to reduce the annual expenses of Petkim by hundreds of millions USD.
The total refining capacity of the refinery will be 10 million tons, and Azerbaijans state oil company SOCAR is the main supplier of crude for the refinery. The refinery will significantly reduce the dependence of Turkey on imports of petrochemical products.
The refinery worth USD 6.3bn, built by SOCAR in the Aliaga District of Izmir, will produce 1.6 million tons of naphtha, 1.6 million tons of aviation fuel, 4.8 million tons of low-sulfur diesel, 700,000 tons of petroleum coke, 420,000 tons of mixed xylene and 160,000 tons of sulfur.