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Baku Petcoke Production Halts for Third Time in Nine Months

Azerbaijan’s state owned Baku refinery has another petroleum coke (petcoke) production issue and cannot guarantee petcoke supplies to its customers in February, according to an industry source.

Baku exports low-sulphur petroleum coke to Russia and neighboring countries for electrode production. The refinery is not providing a timeline for when petcoke production may resume. This is at least the third time in the last nine months when the refinery has had problems with production. Every time, the refinery had to stop its petcoke export loading.

“Another disruption raises questions about the reliability of Baku refinery as a long-term, low-sulphur petroleum coke supplier,” the market source commented. “Supply shortage and high demand support high prices for low-sulphur petroleum coke in Russia and [the former Soviet Union], which are stable compared to last year’s levels.”

Baku refinery has the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 tons of petroleum coke (with sulphur content below 0.6%) per month. The only low-sulphur alternative supplier in the ex-USSR market is Turkmenbashi refinery, which exports 10,000 to 15,000 tons of petroleum coke per month.

Source: DYM Resources

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Iran Builds New Petcoke Unit at Abadan Refinery

Iran has launched a pilot petroleum coke unit at its Abadan refinery, according to the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI).

The petcoke unit can produce 400 kg in every production cycle; each cycle normally lasts 48 hours. Iran has never built delayed coking units before. The country is planning a massive modernization program for its refining industry following the expected lifting of sanctions.

Iran’s petcoke consumption is estimated to be 500,000 tons of petcoke per year, or around $75 million. The country plans to double its consumption of petcoke as demand from the aluminum and metal industries grows.

Source: DYM Resources

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Gazprom Petcoke Production Hits 75,000 Tons in First Half of 2015

Gazprom Neft achieved 75,000 tons of petcoke production at its Omsk refinery between January and June 2015, according to the company’s second quarter financial report.

Gazprom Neft is currently building a new petcoke (petroleum coke) unit in Omsk with a source capacity of 2 million tons per year. This new unit will help to double petcoke production in 2017.

The Omsk refinery runs a delayed coking unit with feedstock capacity of 600,000 tons per year, producing petcoke at 10,000 to 14,000 tons per month. The refinery produces 1.5 percent petcoke, a product that is in demand for electrode production.

Source: DYM Resources

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