Atyrau Refinery Upgrade Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: KazMunaiGas
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page: Atyrau Refinery
  • Location: Atyrau, Western Kazakhstan
  • Capacity: million tons/annum & bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Construction
  • Expected Completion: 2015
  • Budget: $1.68 Billion

The Project

  • Project Type: Upgrade
  • Project Summary:
    • It is intended to increase ELOU-ABT -3 vacuum block capacity from 1600 thousand to 1800 thousand tenge per year and to increase delayed Coker unit’s capacity from 700 thousand to 1000 thousand tons per year, and increase of vacuum gasoil production volumes.
    • The new 629,000 metric ton per year (tpy) grassroots petrochemical plant will produce 496,000 tpy paraxylene and 133,000 tpy benzene.
    • The deep conversion project implementation will allow to increase balanced oil refinery production volume to 5,0 million tons per year, increase development of light petroleum products, oil conversion depth to 86%, improve the quality of motor fuels to EURO-4 standards.
  • Main Contractors:
    • SINOPEC Engineering: EPC Contract for a continuous catalytic reforming and Aromatics units
    • Axens is licencing it ParamaX technologies
    • Foster Wheeler AG:
      • Basic engineering design of a new hydrogen production unit
      • Engineering and material supply of a Terrace Wall steam reformer heater
    • Marubeni: Supply of fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) and associated plant equipment

Refining Units

  • Fluid catalytic cracker (FCC),
  • hydrotreating gasoline and diesel,
  • naphtha hydrotreating,
  • benzene hydrogenation,
  • isomerization
  • hydrogen production unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Local domestic crude

Products Produced

  • The project will increase gasoline production and increase the quality of the fuels produced


  • 2011 - Marubeni / SINOPEC Engineering awarded EPC contract
  • 2012 - JBIC signed a buyer's credit (export credit) agreement

Other Information

  • The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a buyer's credit (export credit) agreement totalling up to 178.5 million U.S. dollars

Relevant Links

  1. KazMunayGas New projects
  2. Axens Awarded ParamaX Petrochemical Complex in Kazakhstan
  3. SINOPEC Engineering and KazMunaiGas signed the EPC Contract on Atyran Refinery Project
  4. Awarded Contract for Atyrau Refinery Modernization Project Phase 3 in Kazakhstan
  5. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Hydrogen Production Unit in Kazakhstan
  6. China Petrochemical refinery engineering company contracted Kazakh oil processing EPC project
  7. Awarded Contract for Atyrau Refinery Modernization Project Phase 3 in Kazakhstan
  8. Buyer's Credit for Atyrau Oil Refinery Modernization Project in Kazakhstan
  9. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract For Terrace Wall Steam Reformer Heater In Kazakhstan

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