Kazakhstan modernizes existing oil refineries

ASTANA. August 7. KAZINFORM Reconstruction and modernization of refinery capacities of the three oil refinery plants functioning in the country is currently underway, the press service of the Ministry of Oil and Gas reports.

According to Pm.kz, these projects are implemented within the State Program of Forced Industrial-Innovative Development of Kazakhstan. Implementation of these projects is a priority issue. Modernization of the plants will be gradual and last till 2015, the press service of the Ministry informs.

It is worth noting that oil products which are currently produced at the oil refineries meet the euro-2 standard.

Reconstruction and modernization of the plants will allow to replace worn-out equipment and increase the volume of production of light petroleum products.

It will help to fully meet the demand of the domestic market and get rid of dependence on import of high-octane gasoline. Besides, modernization will allow to increase the conversion ratio and improve the quality of gasoline and diesel fuel, reduce the impact on environment and bring the quality of oil products to the level of the euro-4 and 5 standards.

Presently, there are three oil refineries in the country: the Atyrau Oil Refinery launched in 1945, the Pavlodar Petrochemical Plant launched in 1978 and the Shymkent Oil Refinery put into service in 1985.



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