JUNE 11 2021 (The Bulletin) — Uzbekneftegaz said that it would launch its first gas-to-liquids plant in Q4 2021. Opening the plant in the south of the country will reduce Uzbekistan’s reliance on imports of diesel and jet fuel. Uzbekneftegaz has been building the $3.6b plant since 2019. It was supposed to start operations in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic and strikes over pay and conditions have delayed the construction.
— This story was published in issue 48 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin, on June 16 2021
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MARCH 19 (The Bulletin) — Socar, the Azerbaijani state oil and gas company, said that it had opened its 31st petrol station in Azerbaijan. Trading under the Socar Petroleum brand, the petrol station will offer Euro-95 and A-92 quality fuels. Socar has been building up its network of petrol stations for some time. Socar Petroleum started operations in 2008.
— This story was first published in issue 440 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin
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DEC. 25 2019 (The Bulletin) — Diesel fuel produced by Turkmenistan was delivered to the Russian Caspian Sea port of Makhachkala for the first time since 2014, media reported. The consignment of 6,000 tonnes of fuel, which was unloaded and sent to customers via Russia’s railway network, is expected to be the start of a steady flow of diesel to Russia from Turkmenistan. Officials said that shipments were stopped in 2014 because of “technical” difficulties.
— This story was first published in issue 433 of the weekly Bulletin on Jan. 13 2020
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DEC. 2 (The Bulletin) — Switzerland-based Vitol, the world’s biggest oil trader, will start exporting fuel and diesel from Turkmenistan this month, Reuters reported by quoting five unnamed traders. They said that Vitol had outbid Azerbaijan’s Socar for the contracts and that the oil products would be loaded onto ships at the Caspian Sea port of Turkmenbashi, then offloaded at Makhachkala in Russia before being sent by rail to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. Vitol already exports oil products from Kazakhstan. Turkmenistan wants to increase oil product exports.
— This story was first published in issue 431 of the weekly Bulletin on Dec. 9 2019
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