Contract let for new Turkish refinery

Star Refinery AS, Istanbul, has let a service-related contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler for the grassroots Aegean refinery to be built within the Petkim Petrokimya AS (Petkim) complex at Aliaga, Turkey.

The contract is for project management consultancy services, Foster Wheeler said. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

The refinery is designed to process a range of different crudes, including Urals, Azeri Light, and Kirkuk, to produce a range of products including jet fuel, diesel, naphtha, petroleum coke, and LPGs, according to Foster Wheeler.

Commissioning of the refinery is slated for 2017.

Foster Wheeler executed the front-end engineering design for the entire refinery and also provided the license and basic design package for the delayed coker, which will use Foster Wheeler’s SYDEC delayed coking technology.

Star Refinery is the first project planned on the Petkim Peninsula by SOCAR Turkey Energy AS, a joint venture of State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic and the Turkish government. SOCAR Turkey owns 51% of Petkim, operator of a petrochemical complex with which the new refinery will be integrated (OGJ Online, Dec. 6, 2013).

The refinery will have a 66,000-b/d hydrocracker, a 40,000-b/d delayed coker, and a 28,000-b/d continuous catalytic regeneration reformer.

Hydrotreating capacities will be 20,000 b/d for naphtha, 26,000 b/d for kerosine, and 68,000 b/d for diesel.

The refinery also will have a hydrogen unit able to produce 3.84 million cu m/day.

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