Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uzbekistan said on April 13 the construction of its gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which is the largest complex for the production of synthetic liquid fuel in the region, has now entered the final stages with the overall implementation of planned works currently standing at 95.3%.
On completion of the commissioning of all auxiliary installations the commissioning of key technological installations will begin. Commissioning of production facilities and the launch ceremony are scheduled for the second half of this year.
“Our strength is in our commitment to safety and quality as our core values, as well as in exemplary dedication of our staff over the difficult months of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Uzbekistan GTL General Director Fakhritdin Abdurasulov said. “Jointly with our international partners we seek to complete this new and exciting petrochemical complex in 2021,” he added.
Abdurasulov said that when completed, the Uzbekistan GTL will bring Uzbekistan a step closer to achieving energy independence and demonstrate the success of the country’s petrochemical growth strategy which consists of expanding the country’s activities from competitively located feedstock, especially derived from gas, to taking advantage of the growing global demand in plastics and clean fuels.
The GTL complex comprises four main sections – plants for supplying energy resources, unit for production of syngas (Haldor Topsoe), and units for production of synthesis liquid (Sasol) and product refinement (Chevron).
The gas pipeline from Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex to the GTL complex has been completed and is fully operational.
Today construction and installation, landscaping, laying asphalt, painting and insulation works are nearing completion.
Some installations have already been commissioned at the energy supply plant. In particular, a raw water treatment and processing unit, a demineralized water production system, a fire- fighting water supply system, a fuel gas system, boiler plants – a steam production system, a cooling water system – a cooling tower, the main and auxiliary substations of the plant, instrumentation and control equipment and some others were put into operation.
Pre-commissioning, commissioning works, as well as testing of pipelines and equipment continue in all technological zones of the complex.
About 9,000 people are engaged at the construction site and more than 500 units of equipment are involved.
The plant’s central control panel was also put into operation and at the moment the plant’s central laboratory is undergoing national and international accreditation.