Turkish energy giant TÜPRAŞ opens $3bln refinery facility
KOCAELİDec 15, 2014 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Dec 15, 2014 12:00 am
Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation, known as TÜPRAŞ, opened its $3 billion fuel-oil recycling facility in Izmit refinery on Monday.
The facility will help the refinery to perform with maximum capacity and produce more high value added products such as white products including diesel, fuel-oil, jet fuel and Liquid Petroleum Gas.
The project, which will reduce Turkey's budget deficit by $1 billion, is the highest investment on a single industrial project in Turkey, the company stated.
"We invested $5.2 billion in the refinery sector during the last nine years," said Ömer Koç, the head of TÜPRAŞ board in his speech at the opening ceremony.
He said the new facility will have one of the highest conversion ratios globally. He added that TÜPRAŞ is heading towards becoming the most competitive refining company of the Mediterranean region, which has to compete with world refineries, including 53 refineries in the Mediterranean and 18 refineries in Black Sea regions.
The fuel oil recycling facility has a conversion capacity of 4.2 million tons of low value added products to nearly 3.5 million tons of white products and 700 thousand tons of petroleum coke.
"The company aims to process 28 million tons of crude oil in the newly-opened facility in 2015," said Yavuz Erkut, CEO of TÜPRAŞ, and added, "With the new facility, TÜPRAŞ will double diesel production that reaches 10 to 11 million tons annually. There will be 25-30 percent increase in jet fuel and gasoline production whereas fuel oil production will decrease by 90 percent."