Izmit Refinery Upgrading Project
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Summary Information

Also known as the Izmit Residuum Upgrading Project

  • Ownership: Tupras
  • Website: http://www.tupras.com.tr/
  • Wiki Page: Izmit Refinery
  • Location: Izmit, Turkey
  • Capacity: 11.0 million tons/annum & 220,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
    • Before: 7.78
    • After: 11.5
  • Project Stage: Construction
  • Expected Completion: 2015
  • Budget: $2.38 Billion

The Project

  • Project Type: Major upgrading
  • Project Summary: The purpose of the project is to increase the conversion capacity of the Izmit refinery, which will enable it to process heavier and high sulphur content crude oils, to reduce the deficit of gasoil in Turkey and to adapt the refining projects to the EU environmental specifications.
  • Main Contractors
    • Tecnicas Reunidas: EPC Contractor
    • UOP: Hydrocracker Licence
    • GE: two gas turbines, one steam turbine and three generators for the Cogeneration unit

Refining Units

  • Hydrocracker (50,300 b/d),
  • Vacuum (47,200 b/d),
  • Delayed Coker (51,600 b/d),
  • Hydrogen (160,000 Nm3/h),
  • Sulphur Recovery (2x210 t/d),
  • Amine Regeneration (1,100 m3/d),
  • Sour Water Stripper unit (126 t/h)
  • Cogeneration unit (120 MW).

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • The project will enable the refinery to process heavier and high sulphur content crude oils

Products Produced

  • LPG, Gasoline, Diesel & Petrocoke


  • 2008 - Project Launched
  • 2009 - Tecnicas Reunidas signs EPC contract
  • 2011 - Tecnicas Reunidas signs a turnkey contract for the project
  • 2012 - GE awarded CoGen contract
  • 2015 - Project completed

Other Information

  • The Hydrocracking unit will be the one with the highest design pressure in the world, the Hydrogen unit will be the largest designed by TR and one of the largest globally and, the Flare, with 180 meters height, will the second tallest in the world.
  • CESCE and SACE are guaranteeing majority of the financing for the project

Relevant Links

  1. Técnicas Reunidas closes the largest contract ever with the Turkish Oil Company Tüpras
  2. SACE guarantees US$ 624 million to modernise the Izmit refinery in Turkey
  3. An Investment from Tüpraş to Raise Productivity & Profit
  4. GE to Supply Equipment and Services for Refinery Upgrade in Turkey
  5. Turkish Refiner Tüpraş Using Honeywell UOP Unicracking™ Technology To Boost Diesel Production

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