SOCAR’s Kulevi Oil Terminal loads first bitumen tanker

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 13th

From Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

The Kulevi Oil Terminal of Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company SOCAR in the Black Sea region has loaded its first bitumen tanker, celebrating the achievement of being the first terminal in the region to accept and load bitumen products in the sea tanker, Trend reports with reference to the terminal’s website.

The terminal implemented a new project for the construction of thermal oil boilers, technological pipelines, bitumen heating and discharge units, bitumen loading pumping station. In addition, the terminal has equipped its storage tanks with heating and insulation systems for the storage of the bitumen product. All technological pipelines are equipped with a trace heating system to maintain the required temperature for the unloading and loading of the bitumen product. The discharge equipment consists of several heat exchangers that reduce the bitumen heating time by circulating the product through bitumen discharge and circulation pumps. Storage tanks were equipped with immersion heaters and thermal oil heating coils, which heat the bitumen to the required temperatures.

All newly built devices have been tested and commissioned prior to commissioning and have been found to be in full compliance with all applicable standards and safety standards.

The terminal in the port of Kulevi went into operation in May 2008 and the transshipment of oil products started in June. The terminal’s total capacity is 10 million tons of liquid bulk cargo per year, including three million tons of oil, three million tons of diesel fuel and four million tons of heating oil. The total capacity of the terminal’s tank farm is 402,000 cubic meters.

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