SOCAR builds gas-cleaning plant at Baku refinery

State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is building a dry gas-cleaning unit at its Heydar Aliyev (formerly New Baku) refinery at Baku in Azerbaijan.

The unit is designed to remove sulfur compounds and carbon dioxide from dry gas produced at the refinery before it is transported via pipeline to an associated ethylene and polyethylene plant operated by SOCAR subsidiary Azerikimya Production Union, SOCAR said.

The project also will contribute to lower sulfur levels in the refinery’s diesel production, the company said.

Construction of the unit, which has occurred concurrently with the reconstruction of the refinery’s fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit No. 55, is scheduled to be commissioned on Sept. 20, SOCAR said.

SOCAR recently completed maintenance work on the atmospheric and vacuum distillation units at the Heydar Aliyev refinery, but the completion of major repair and reconstruction work on the plant’s FCC unit has been ongoing (OGJ Online, July 18, 2014).

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