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SOCAR completes Phase 1 of Baku refinery

SOCAR has commissioned a bitumen plant at its 120.5kbd Heydar Aliyev refinery at Baku in Azerbaijan and completes Phase 1 of the modernisation and expansion project. The plant will increase annual production capacity from 250,000tonnes to 400,000 tonnes.

Phase 2, scheduled for completion by yearend 2020, will include construction of production and storage installations for Euro 5-quality diesel, Phase 3, to be completed in early 2021, involves construction of an A-92/95/98 gasoline plant with products conforming to Euro 5 standards.

Once the reconstruction and modernisation project is completed crude processing will increase capacity at the Heydar Aliyev refinery to 150.6kbd.