Pavlodar oil refinery to be suspended for repairs June 25 24 июня 2011, 16:23
Pavlodar oil refinery. Photo courtesy of pnhz.kz
Pavlodar-based oil refinery will be suspended for repairs June 25, Interfax – Kazakhstan reported, citing the Refinery’s Press Service.
According to the Press Service, obsolete parts of the oil processing equipment, faulty parts of pipelines and lining material will be replaced.
Among other things, following the repairs the refinery will boost liquefied gas production output.
When speaking before the country’s Majilis (lower chamber) May 11, Kazakhstan’s O&G Minister Sauat Mynbayev said that Kazakhstan may start construction of a new oil refinery in 2020.
“Before the year 2020 processing capacities of the current three refineries [based in Pavlodar, Atyrau and Shymkent] can meet the domestic demand”, he said.
As of today, according to him, Kazakhstan-based refineries process a bit over 13 million tons a year. Plans are there to increase oil processing up to 17 million tons by 2015.
The three facilities are to go through overhauls within the program to modernize oil processing facilities in 2010-2014.
In 2010, the three refineries processed a total of 13.7 million tons of crude, 570 000 tons over the plan.
Pavlodar refinery is capable of producing 7.5 million tons of oil a year. The facility was constructed in 1978 and is currently owned by Refinary Company RT (KazMunaiGas subsidiary) (58%) and Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund (42%).
Shymkent oil refinery is expected to suspend its operations for repairs in autumn. The repairs are scheduled for October 5 to November 4. 49.5% in the oil refinery is owned by KazMunaiGas Processing and Marketing, while the controlling stake is held by PetroKazakhstan (a joint venture between KazMunaiGas and CNPC).