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July 16, 2017

Changing Priorities


A new oil and gas chemical cluster is to be established in the Kashkadarya region in the coming years.

A unique project on the foundation of the GTL plant in Uzbekistan has been pendent for a long time. However, it has found a second wind in the last six months, by the decision of the head of state.

As a result, in the past months, the previously frozen GTL plant construction project has been revitalized. The advanced technological facility will produce synthetic fuel from gas to the technology provided by the South African Sasol. The solutions have already been fine-tuned – exactly the same company operates in Qatar, which is already commercially successful, as it entered 110% of its designed capacity.

The plant is estimated to process 3.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas and produce about 1.5 million tons of synthetic fuel that meets Euro-5 requirements, annually. Of these, 743,000 tons will be diesel fuel, 311,000 tons of aviation kerosene, 431,000 tons of naphtha and 21,000 tons of liquefied gas.

Obtained at the new facility, synthetic naphtha will be forwarded to the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex, located at a distance of one kilometer. Here, it is planned to produce from this product polyethylene and polypropylene of modern brands.

In particular, it is planned to launch the production of bimodal polyethylene, which allows reducing the use of raw materials by half when obtaining finished products. Its physical characteristics are much higher than of the polyethylene currently produced in our country.

The total cost of the GTL plant construction project exceeds $3.6 billion. In addition, for the processing of naphtha, the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will be expanded and modernized at a total cost of over $400 million.