Heydar Aliyev Baku Refinery Modernisation Project
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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Socar
  • Website: http://www.socar.az/
  • Wiki Page: Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery
  • Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Capacity:
    • Before: 6.0 million tons/annum & 120,000 bbl/day
    • After: 7.5 million tons/annum & 150,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Under construction
  • Expected Completion: 2021
  • Budget:

The Project

  • Project Type: An expansion and upgrade
  • Project Summary: Reconstruction work at the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery is being done in three phases.
    • Phase I: Construction of a new bitumen plant and associated plant facilities, a liquid gas filling station
    • Phase II: Addition of units for the production of Euro-5 diesel fuel
    • Phase III:
      • Addition of units for the production of Euro-5-standard A-92/95/98 gasoline
      • Expansion of the refinery's processing capacity from 6.0 mtpa to 7.5 mtpa
      • Expansion of the FCC from 2 to 2.5 mtpa
  • Main Contractors:
    • SOCAR-KBR: Project management consultancy (PMC) Contract
    • Maire Tecnimont: Engineering, Procurement and Construction of new units
    • T├ęcnicas Reunidas: Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract for reconstruction of units and general production facilities
    • Poerner Gruppe: Bitumen production unit
    • Axens: Licences for gasoline desulphurisation and diesel hydrotreater
    • Larsen & Toubro: Manufacture of diesel hydrotreating reactor
    • AMD international SRL: Manufacture of two thermal reactors for a sulphur recovery unit

Refining Units

  • Gasoline desulphurisation unit with a design capacity of 1.2 Mtpa
  • Diesel hydrotreater unit with a design capacity of 3.0 Mtpa
  • Naphtha Splitter,
  • an Isomerization Unit,
  • a Hydrogen Production Unit,
  • two PSA Units,
  • a C4 Hydrogenation Unit,
  • a MTBE Unit,
  • a Sour Water Stripper Unit with Sulphur Recovery Unit.

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The crude oil supply will not change

Products Produced

  • Bitumen volumes will increase from 250,000 to 400,000 tons per annum
  • Diesel and Gasoline produced will meet EURO V standards


  • 2015 - Axens awarded licences for key units
  • 2016 - SOCAR-KBR awarded project management consultancy (PMC) Contract
  • 2017 - Tecnicas Reunidas awarded EPC contract
  • 2018 - Phase I of the project completed

Other Information

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Relevant Links

  1. Axens selected as licensor for clean fuel technologies for SOCAR Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery
  2. KBR Joint Venture Awarded Important Project Management Contract for Baku Oil Refinery Modernization
  3. Maire Tecnimont and Socar signed refinery revamp contract
  4. T├ęcnicas Reunidas and SOCAR Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery sign reconstruction agreement
  5. SOCAR Heydar Aliyev Refinery acquires new equipment
  6. First phase of Heydar Aliyev Refinery modernization completed

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