Kazakhstan’s petrochemical industry makes strides

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ASTANA (TCA) — During his working trip to the southern Zhambyl Region on August 23, Prime Minister Karim Massimov held a meeting on the development of the petrochemical industry, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

The petrochemical industry has been defined as a priority sector in Kazakhstan’s Industrial Program for 2015-2019.

According to the Ministry of Investment and Development, as a result of the first five-year plan of industrialization, the chemical industry increased its production by 32%. During this period, 39 new production plants began operating and more than four thousand jobs were created.

In 2015, compared to 2008, the share of domestic production of phosphate fertilizers increased from 81% to 99.9%, sulfuric acid from 91% to 97.7%, varnishes and paints to 60.5%, nitrogen fertilizer up to 62.8%. The results of the first six months of 2016 are at the same level as last years’.

Currently, work is underway on the implementation of major projects for the production of complex fertilizers at LLP Kazphosphate and LLP EuroChem-Fertilizers, potassium fertilizers at LLP Batys Potassium, and glyphosate at SEZ Chempark Taraz. Three of these enterprises are located in the Zhambyl Region.

The following projects are planned to be implemented as part of the second Five-Year Plan of the State Program of Industrial-Innovative Development in 2015-2019:

– Construction of a mineral fertilizer production plant in the Zhambyl region, with a production volume of at least one million tons per year (LLP EuroChem-Fertilizers);

– Potassium fertilizer production plant in the West Kazakhstan and Aktobe regions (LLP Batys Potassium);

– Construction of a soda ash plant in the Aral district of the Kyzylorda region (LLP Aralsoda);

– Modernization of the mineral fertilizer plant and increasing the production capacity at LLP KazAzot;

– Modernization of the phosphorus compounds production plant, increasing production capacity of the extraction of phosphoric acid up to 200 thousand tons, increasing the production of ammonium phosphate up to 500 thousand tons a year (LLP Kazphosphate).

Sergey Kwan

TCA