Azerbaijan petcoke production has sunk sharply this year.
Green petroleum coke (petcoke) production dropped by 17 percent at SOCAR’s Baku refinery, to 184,900 tons, between January and November this year compared to the same period last year.
This data comes via Azerbaijan’s State Statistical Committee, the Interfax news agency reports.
The drop in petcoke production happened due to extensive maintenance at the refinery’s secondary units this year.
Baku refinery is producing ultra low-sulphur petroleum (sulphur content of below 0.6 percent).
Azerbaijan petcoke, particularly low-sulphur petcoke, is in high demand from the aluminum and graphite industries in Russia.
While Azerbaijan decreased its production and export loadings, demand for ultra low-sulphur petroleum coke from Turkmenistan rose.