The development of the oil industry gives rise not only to the oil refining industry. At present, Kazakhstan is launching the plants for manufacturing petrochemical products with high added value. The trade of petrochemicals will ensure the development of a competitive economy in Kazakhstan. Thus, the Atyrau refinery runs the complex for the production of aromatic hydrocarbons - benzene and paraxylene. It is designed to produce 133,000 tons of benzene and 496,000 tons of paraxylene per year. These petrochemical products can be used for manufacturing of hundreds of different types of products. The plant is unique since it can manufacture not only these hazardous substances but also can be reprogrammed for making components for high-octane gasoline instead of aromatic hydrocarbons given the market requirements.

 

Galymzhan AMANTURLIN, PLANT DIRECTOR:

The complex on production of aromatic hydrocarbons operates on the flexible technology. It helps to switch between petrochemical and fuel production. At present, we work on fuel manufacturing mode as it is required by the Kazakhstan’s market now.

 

Huge volumes of aromatic hydrocarbons will be in demand after the completion of the construction of the first integrated petrochemical complex in the region.

 

Saduakas MERALIYEV, HEAD OF PETROCHEMICAL PLANT:

Investing only in the establishment polyethylene and polypropylene manufacturing plant on gas and chemical complex made up 1 billion 795 million tenge. After the completion, it will manufacture 1.3 million tons of plastics. Up to 3.5 million people will be hired here.

 

Plastics will serve as feedstock for the hundreds of types of finished products. The first plant of the complex is already in operation. This is the plant for the production of 4 million tons of polyethylene film and 48 million polypropylene bags per year. Products are in demand in both Kazakhstan’s market and in neighboring countries.

 

Nikolai ROMANOV, HEAD OF PRODUCTION:

Our polyethylene films meet all the quality standards and are not inferior to our closest competitors’ products from Russia and the EU.

 

The western Kazakhstan offers to use black sludge for manufacturing expanded clay and ceramic bricks. As scientists say, it contains the remains of oils and resins that burn and emit energy. The net cost can be reduced up to 25% due to energy saving.

 

Sarsenbek MONTAYEV, DIRECTOR, RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION:

The manufacturing of the expanded clay requires that type of clay that sloughs, but it is very limited in Kazakhstan. Our developments, let’s say, can be used on the basis of loess loam that can be found in any region in Kazakhstan.

 

According to experts, the sector’s development impact social processes. New plants are being launched in the region thereby creating new jobs.

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