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October 27, 2021updated 26 Jul 2022 7:29am

Baku I Refinery, Azerbaijan

By Carmen

State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic operates the Baku I refinery, which is located in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is an integrated refinery owned by State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic. The refinery, which started operations in 1953, has an NCI of 7.07.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 120
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 40
Coking (mbd): 39
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 40
Reformer (mbd): 24
Alkylation (mbd): 1

The capacity of the refinery is expected to increase to 150mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Baku I refinery is expected to witness an estimated capex of $1,636.45m.

Maintenance activities at Baku I refinery

The Baku I refinery witnessed six incidents during the period 2015-2020.

Upcoming expansion projects at Baku I refinery

Gasoline Hydrotreater, FCC, Diesel Hydrotreater, CDU, Hydrogen Unit, MTBE Unit, Sulfur Recovery Unit, Other Isomerization, Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Baku I refinery include the following.

Design/FEED: Chemprod, John Wood Group.

Main EPC: Air Liquide, Maire Tecnimont, Tecnicas Reunidas.

EPC: Larsen & Toubro, Tekfen Construction and Installation.

About State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic

State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is a state-owned oil and gas company. It carries out exploration and production; gas processing and oil refining activities; construction and rehabilitation of gas pipelines and filling stations; transportation, distribution and sale of oil, natural gas, and gas condensate; and marketing of petroleum and petrochemical products. The company operates a gas processing plant producing natural gasoline, processed and liquefied gas; and Heydar Aliyev Baku oil refinery plant processing Azerbaijan crude and petroleum products. SOCAR’s project portfolio includes Absheron, Azeri Chirag Deep Water Gunashli, Bahar Gum Deniz, Binegedi, Kurovdagh fields and others. It has operations in Georgia, Turkey, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Singapore, Nigeria and Ukraine. SOCAR is headquartered in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Information on the refinery is sourced from GlobalData’s refinery database that provides detailed information on all active and upcoming, crude oil refineries and heavy oil upgraders globally. Not all companies mentioned in the article may be currently existing due to their merger or acquisition or business closure.

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