Maintenance under way at Baku refinery

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has started additional maintenance on units within its 239,000-b/d Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Both the vacuum distillation and atmospheric towers at the plant are undergoing installation and repair work, the company said.

Installations and repairs for the refinery’s vacuum distillation column, including the replacement of vacuum heat exchangers, are scheduled to last about 30 days, while work on the atmospheric column is scheduled for 21 days, according to SOCAR.

The company added that major repair work also remains under way on the refinery’s catalytic cracking unit (OGJ Online, Apr. 11, 2014).

SOCAR did not disclose current production rates at the plant.

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