One year after the release of our previous special issue on petrochemicals and petroleum refining (Petroleum, No. 3-2022), several significant events have transpired. These events indicate substantial steps towards the development of a domestic gas chemical industry.
This year, Kazakhstan may increase its railway exports of fuel oil. As in previous years, exporters will focus on shipments of dark oil products, as motor fuel is planned to be supplied only to the domestic market. This will lead to sustained demand for railway tank cars for export transportation of fuel oil and vacuum gas oil (VGO), while the fleet for transporting light oil products will mainly be used within the country, according to market participants.
Handling aggressive fluids in petrochemical industry. How to select the right pump and prolong the service life of the system?
The development of petrochemical industry set higher standards for final product quality. As the refining depth and purity of the final product increase, the environmental and safety requirements are consequently tightened. All these factors impose changes on duty conditions for the equipment, alongside with a need to introduce new fluids into the technological processes – and these fluids are getting even more aggressive towards the equipment.
A new Telegram channel, NefteGaz Talks, founded by Askar Ismailov, a seasoned oil industry professional who has worked on projects such as Tengiz SGP/SGI, Kashagan, Shah Deniz Stage 2, and the Southern Gas Corridor, has been conceived as a platform for discussions on current issues in the country's oil and gas industry.
Negotiations between KazMunayGas and the Polish state-owned energy conglomerate PKN Orlen regarding joint investment in the Romanian assets of the Kazakhstani national company have come to an unsuccessful end.
Reflections following a work trip to Russia's petrochemical plants
The Current Situation in the Industry
Petrochemical and oil refining activities play a crucial role in Russia's economy. The imposition of sanctions by the US and EU has had a certain impact on the industry's development. One of the challenges associated with sanctions is the restricted access to Western technologies and equipment essential for producing high-quality petrochemical products.
On the first day of the new year 2023, a Brussels Airlines plane, fully fueled with bio-kerosene at Brussels Airport, took off for Malaga, Spain. The year prior, the airport launched the Stargate program, which includes the construction of a facility for producing environmentally friendly aviation fuel.
Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev returned from Xi'an with a substantial package of signed bilateral agreements that will bolster Chinese presence in the country's oil and gas industry. The state visit took place from May 16th to 20th and was aligned with the Kazakhstani leader's participation in the Central Asia-China summit.
The construction of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium's (CPC) trunk oil pipeline infrastructure, which kicked off in 1999, has emerged as one of the largest investment projects in the energy sector involving Kazakhstan, Russia, and global upstream players.
The Project “Processing Liquid Oily Waste by Centrifugal Separation with the Production of Sales Oil, Purified Water and Waste Solids” implemented by PetroKazakhstan Kumkol Resources JSC won Tech Garden Awards-2022 and also became the winner in the Best Environmental Project nomination.
Since Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement, the government has gradually strengthened its position on climate change issues by revising environmental legislation and considering the launch of various instruments aimed at decarbonizing the country.
The 20th Atyrau Oil&Gas North Caspian regional exhibition and AtyrauBuild North Caspian regional construction exhibition took place in the oil capital of Kazakhstan.
From May 23 to 26, 2023, the 31st International Exhibition "Gas. Oil. Technologies" and the Russian Petrochemical Forum took place in Ufa. The event was organized by the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Ministry of Industry, Energy, and Innovations of the Republic, and the Bashkir Exhibition Company, supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Professional federal associations and unions also assisted in the implementation.