Kazakhstan advances refinery modernization projects

Kazakhstan’s state-owned KazMunaiGas (KMG), through a contractor, has let a contract to Ergil Group, Istanbul, to supply equipment for the second phase of the $2.9-billion revamp of its 5 million-tonne/year refinery Atyrau, Kazakhstan (OGJ Online, Jan. 7, 2015).

Ergil will manufacture and supply shell and tube heat exchangers to be installed as part of the Atyrau refinery’s deep oil refining complex (DORC) project, the service provider said.

Scope of delivery for the order will include a mix of 11 heat exchangers total comprised of the following types:

• Diethanolamine regenerator reboiler.

• Methyldiethanolamine regenerator reboiler.

• Reboiler sour-water stripping.

• Hydrogenation cooler.

• Stripped-water trim cooler.

Ergil disclosed neither a value of the contract nor a timeframe for equipment delivery.

Atyrau overhaul

Initiated in 2010, the Atyrau modernization and reconstruction comes as part of KMG’s program to boost Kazakhstan’s overall crude processing capacity.

KMG commissioned Stage 1 of Atyrau’s overhaul, which involved construction of a complex for production of aromatic hydrocarbons, in December 2015, according to the company’s latest annual report.

Designed to expand the refinery’s crude processing efficiency up to 5.5 million tpy as well as increase its ability to convert residual heavy oils into finished fuels that meet Euro 4 and 5-equivalent specifications, Stage 2’s deep oil conversion complex, or DORC, is scheduled for startup by yearend.

Modernization and reconstruction projects under way at KMG’s 6 million-tpy Shymkent refinery and 6 million-tpy Pavlodar refining and petrochemical complex are due to be completed by yearend 2017, the company said (OGJ Online, Oct. 30, 2014).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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