China Invests in Petrochemical Industry of Azerbaijan

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A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Azerbaijan and China on the SOCAR GPC project.

The document was signed on May 14 by the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev, the head of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yulin and the Chairman of the China Development Bank (CDB) Hu Huabang.

The signing of the documents took place in the framework of the international forum One Belt – One Way that started in Beijing yesterday.

Recall that the Azerbaijani side wants to attract Chinese investment into the petrochemical industry.

SOCAR GPC (a SOCAR subsidiary) was established to develop, build, finance and operate a new petrochemical and gas processing complex in Garadagh (15 km south of Baku).

The capacity of the complex will be about 10 bcm of gas per year. The enterprise will also include a steam cracker with a capacity of 570,000 tons of ethylene and 120,000 tons of propylene per year, a LLDPE / HDPE polymerization unit with a capacity of about 570,000 tons of high density polyethylene and linear low density polyethylene per year and other related infrastructure.

The complex is planned to be commissioned in 2022.

The construction of the new gas chemical complex in Azerbaijan is estimated at $ 4 billion.

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