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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Socar / Turcas
  • Website:
  • Wiki Page:
  • Location: Aliaga, Western Turkey
  • Capacity: 10 million tons/annum & 214,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity:
  • Project Stage: Construction started, 2014
  • Expected Completion: 2018
  • Budget: 3.5 Billion USD

The Project

  • Project Type: Greenfield Refinery
  • Project Summary: A large complex greenfield refinery with a high middle distillate yield.
  • Main Contractors:
    • Foster Wheeler, FEED & PMC
    • Fluor: Project management consultant (PMC)
    • Técnicas Reunidas (TR), Saipem, GS Engineering & Construction & Itochu: Engineering, procurement of all equipment and materials, construction and commissioning of the facilities
    • Axens: Naphtha Hydrotreater, Prime-K unit & Prime-D unit Licences
    • Technip: Steam Methane Reformer

Refining Units

  • Crude distillation unit
  • Vacuum distillation unit
  • Naphtha hydrotreating
  • Delayed coking unit - 40,000 BPSD
  • Hydrocracking unit - 66,000 BPSD
  • Prime-K unit - jet fuel treatment - 26.000
  • Prime-D unit - ULSD 68.000
  • LPG caustic treatment units,
  • continuous catalytic reformer - 28,000 BPSD
  • saturated gas unit
  • amine and sour water stripper,
  • sulfur and tail gas treatment units
  • Hydrogen unit - 160,000 Nm(3)/h

Terminal Capacity

  • With its 63 tanks, the total storage capacity of the refinery will be of 1.640 million tons approximately.

Crude Supply

  • The design for STAR Refinery will enable to process different types of crude oil such as Urals, Azeri Light Crude Oil and Kirkuk

Products Produced

  • The refinery will have a yearly production of 4.8 million tons of ultra-low sulphur diesel, 1.6 million tons of naphtha, 0.42 million tons of mixed xylene, 1.6 million tons of jet fuel, 0.32 million tons of LPG, 0.49 million tons of reformate, 0.69 million tons of petro-coke and 0.16 million tons of sulphur at

its full capacity operation


  • 2010 - SOCAR-TURCAS Joint Venture gets license
  • 2013 - EPC contract signed
  • 2013 - EXIM bank agreed to $641 million loan guarantee
  • 2013 - First part of Project financing completed
  • 2014 - Foster Wheeler awarded PMC contract
  • 2014 - $2.7 Billion loan package signed

Other Information

  • The refinery is being contructed on the site of an existing petrochemicals plant, which the investors acquired from the Turkish State

Relevant Links

  1. Foster Wheeler Awarded Contracts for New Refinery in Turkey
  2. Fluor Named Project Management Consultant for New Refinery in Turkey
  3. SOCAR & Turcas Aegean Refinery to Implement Axens Technology
  4. SOCAR-TURCAS Joint Venture gets license
  5. Técnicas Reunidas gets its ninth project in Turkey for more than one thousand million dollars
  6. Ex-Im Bank Approves $641 Million to Finance the Export of U.S.Refinery Equipment to Turkey
  7. STAR Rafineri A.Ş. – About Credit Proposals related to Project Financing
  8. Foster Wheeler Awarded PMC Contract By STAR Rafineri For Grassroots Refinery In Turkey
  9. Socar Star Refinery Project Financing Completed
  10. Technip awarded contract to supply reformer for STAR hydrogen plant

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