Jizzakh Petroleum JV has selected Honeywell UOP technologies to construct a new refinery in Uzbekistan with a processing capacity of five million tons per year of crude oil.


Image: Honeywell's technologies to be used by Jizzakh Petroleum refinery in Uzbekistan. Photo: courtesy of David Joseph Photography/Wikipedia.org.

Jizzakh Petroleum JV is a joint venture of JSC Uzbekneftegaz and Gazprom International subsidiary Gas Project Development Central Asia.

The Jizzakh Petroleum refinery is being built with an investment of $2.2bn in the Jizzakh region located in the eastern part of the Central Asian country.

The Uzbek oil refinery, which broke ground in April 2017, has been designed to produce clean-burning gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

Upon its completion, the new Uzbek refinery will have an annual production of 3.7 million of Euro V-quality motor fuels, 700,000 tons of aviation fuel and 500,000 tons of other products, including LPG and bitumen.

Honeywell UOP president John Gugel said: “Jizzakh Petroleum is building this refinery to increase production of high-quality motor fuels and meet growing domestic demand for those fuels.

“The company chose Honeywell UOP due to the suitability of its technologies and its experience working in the region.”

Honeywell UOP will offer licensing and basic engineering design services to Jizzakh Petroleum for its CCR Platforming, Par-Isom, Distillate Unionfining, Unicracking and Merox processing technologies.

The CCR Platforming process will be deployed to convert low-quality naphtha to high-octane blending components for gasoline and as feed for aromatics production.

The Unicracking process offers deep refining of crude oil feedstocks while the UOP Par-Isom process upgrades light naphtha into high-value isomerate for gasoline blending.

The UOP Merox process treats jet fuel and LPG as per product specifications while UOP distillate Unionfining is a middle distillates hydrotreating process that filters out contaminants from feed streams.

The Jizzakh refinery is part of the Uzbekistan government’s multi-year development plan, which is aimed at achieving national energy independence and also in increasing its export potential.

Honeywell UOP is supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.