Caspian area refineries struggle to overcome Soviet legacy

08/21/2000
Click here to enlarge imageRefineries in the Caspian area are struggling to overcome their legacy of outdated technology from the Soviet era.Although the countries have enormous potential to become a refining center, expensive and inadequate crude supplies, poor product qualities, and improper payments contribute to their troubles today.Prior to the break-up of the former Soviet Union (FSU) in 1991, a common feature of the 10 functioning oil refineries in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan was their integration into a broader regional network. They were designed to function as part of a monolithic, centrally controlled Soviet oil industry. Breaking up this uni...
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