NOVOPOLOTSK, 22 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian oil refinery Naftan intends to commission a delayed coking complex by the end of the year, BelTA learned from Naftan Director General Andrei Soiko.
The complex comprises 19 plants and installations. As many as 12 of them have already been built while operation commencement acts have been signed for some of them. “We have to finish building seven installations. The delayed coking plant is the main one. We intend to finish construction and installation work in May and commission the entire complex by the end of 2021,” Andrei Soiko said.
The country's top officials closely monitor the project's implementation. About 800 people are currently involved in construction operations at the site. Over $1 billion has already been invested in this investment project. This year the complex is supposed to start making the main products – light oil products.
Andrei Soiko added that once Naftan's delayed coking complex is commissioned, efforts will focus on the development of the Polymir plant for the next few years.
Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko was made familiar with progress of Naftan's modernization on 22 January. In particular, the prime minister wanted to know whether problems with construction materials had been resolved, whether the necessary materials were available in sufficient quantities. He also took a close look at the project's implementation schedule. When the complex starts making commercial products and when the complex reaches its designed output capacity were also high on the agenda.