The start-up work is planned to be completed at a new sulfur production unit," KazMunaiGas - Processing and Marketing" JSC, which is a shareholder of the refinery, told Trend.
“This unit is planned to be put into operation at one of the Kazakh biggest oil refineries - Shymkent refinery ("PetroKazakhstan Oil Products") by late 2015,” the company said.
The company said that the start-up work is being conducted at this unit.
The new sulfur production unit will be commissioned as part of the modernization of the Shymkent refinery.
Moreover, the foundation work is planned to be completed for a new isomerization unit at the Shymkent refinery till late 2015.
"KazMunayGas - refining and marketing" said that a construction site has been already prepared for a new isomerization unit and the existing underground utilities were transferred.
The company said that moreover, the foundation is laid for the equipment and the segment equipment is being assembled.
The development of working documentation and placing of orders for long-lead equipment continues as part of the second stage of the project for modernization of Shymkent refinery.
The implementation of this project started in 2011 and is planned to be completed in 2016, said the company.
The total cost of the project for modernization of Shymkent refinery is $1.829 billion, according to the company.
The implementation of the modernization project will allow to increase the plant’s processing capacity from 5.25 million tons to 6 million tons, production of light oil products – from 61 percent to 89 percent, bring the quality of products into line with Euro-3 standards and reduce the volume of wastewater, according to the message from Shymkent refinery.
Three large refineries – Atyrau, Shymkent and Pavlodar – operate in Kazakhstan.
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