Turkey JV hires manager for refinery construction

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 14
-- State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and TURCAS Rafineri AS (STRAS) has awarded Fluor Corp. a project management consultancy for a refinery to be built in Aliaga, Turkey. TURCAS is a joint venture of SOCAR and Petrol AS.

The planned refinery will be integrated into the Petkim petrochemicals complex on the Aegean coast. Fluor will act as PMC for the SOCAR and TURCAS Aegean Refinery (STAR) project and will assist STRAS in selecting and managing the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor and provide overall project and construction management.

Project work is under way, Fluor said, with site preparation and engineering, procurement, and construction work estimated to be in mid-2011 and construction start-up sometime in first-quarter 2012.

STRAS is a 100% subsidiary of SOCAR and Turcas Enerji AS, which also owns 51% of Turkey's only petrochemicals producer, Petkim.

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