Axens secures petrochemical deal in Kazakhastan

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Jan. 6 -- JSC KazMunaiGaz will use Axens' ParamaX technology for its proposed petrochemical complex, which it will integrate into the 104,500 b/cd Kazakhoil refinery at Atyrau in Kazakhstan. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The Atyrau refinery processes as much as 5 million tonnes/year of oil from various fields in western Kazakhstan.

When completed, the 629,000 tonnes/year grassroots petrochemical plant, during 2012-13, will produce 496,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene and 133,000 tonnes/year of benzene from naphtha.

JSC Omskneftekhimproekt of Russia is performing the front-end engineering design for the petrochemical complex.

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