OREANDA-NEWS. June 04, 2012. State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) starts export of gaseous hydrocarbons from its Georgian terminal.

The Company reports that SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullayev has opened and commissioned a complex of structures on transshipment of liquid polypropylene at the Black Sea Terminal (BST Ltd) of SOCAR which started operating on 16 May 2008.

Polypropylene will be produced at SOCAR sub-company Azerikimya, located in Sumgait.

Besides Kulevi, no one terminal in Georgia has capacity for transshipment of such cargo. Moreover, the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Georgia gave us permission for construction of a nitrogen system unit required for export of such goods. Export can begin from liquid polypropylene produced at SOCAR sub-company Azeriqaz located in Sumgait.

The new terminal facilities are designed for transshipment of liquid polyethylene and liquid polypropylene. Their construction was delayed because of troubles with delivery of manufacturing equipment from South Korea. New capacities, in addition to liquid polyethylene and liquid polypropylene will enable, if necessary, also transship liquefied or compressed gas.

Currently the Company orients to transshipment of 8,000-9,000 tons of LPG per month or 110,000-120,000 tons per year with annual capacity of the new terminal up to 150,000 tons.

Terminal BST Ltd is designed for transshipping 10 million tons of oil per year. It is able to accept Aframax tankers.