Kazakhstan prime minister inspects modernization of Shymkent oil refinery


As part of his working visit to the South Kazakhstan region late last week, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the Shymkent Oil Refinery to see the results of the first stage of its production modernization, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

Sagintayev got acquainted with the results of the first stage of the refinery’s modernization and inspected the facility for mini isomerization process (obtaining high-octane components of marketable gasoline from low-octane oil fractions) and production of gasoline meeting K-4, K-5 standards (Euro4, Euro5).

Modernization of the Shymkent Oil Refinery started in 2011 as part of the State Program of Accelerated Industrial Innovative Development and includes 2 stages.

In summer of 2017, the first stage of modernization was completed and the refinery now produces high-octane gasoline and diesel fuel of ecological classes K4 and K5.

The second stage of modernization should be completed in 2018.

At present the Shymkent refinery produces 30% of the total current volume of oil products produced by three Kazakhstan refineries. This is the only oil refinery located in the south of Kazakhstan, in the most densely populated part of the country. Given the favorable location and high technical capabilities, the enterprise has a wide field for deliveries to the domestic and foreign markets.

The capacity of the Shymkent oil refinery is 5.25 million tons, or about 40.65 million barrels of oil, per year. The range of petroleum products produced by the refinery includes various grades of gasoline (A-80, A-92 and A-96), diesel fuel, aviation kerosene, liquefied gas, vacuum gas oil, and fuel oil.