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Azerbaijan’s SOCAR’s STAR oil refinery experience rising output

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Azerbaijan’s state-owned SOCAR is gradually increasing production at its STAR oil refinery in Turkey and is expected to reach its full capacity sooner than earlier projected

The 200,000-barrel-per-day STAR refinery has reached half of its planned processing capacity already, three sources familiar with the refinery launch process told Reuters.

One source with direct knowledge of the refinery plans said, “the latest tests show good results” and STAR is expected to reach full capacity as early as April.

A SOCAR spokesperson speaking with Reuters said the plan is “to reach full capacity soon”. He also added that the company could not give an estimate of operational capacity as different units at STAR were being tested separately. At full capacity STAR will be able to refine a variety of crude oil grades, but its main feedstock is planned to be heavy and sour oils, Reuters sources said.

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