Uzbekistan GTL complex starts synthetic jet fuel production

TASHKENT — The Uzbekistan GTL complex (UzGTL) in the Qashqadaryo Region on September 15 announced the start of production of synthetic jet fuel that conforms to international standards (ASTM D-7566) and aviation industry technical requirements.

The Uzbekistan GTL plant has now received endorsement from the international organizations IATA, ASTM International, and Def Stan, and is granted permission to use GTL kerosene as a synthetic component for aviation fuel. A sample taken from the first batch of synthetic kerosene produced at the GTL plant was sent to the SGS laboratories in Estonia, Belgium and France for analysis in order to obtain a certificate of conformity.

“This is a special moment not only for Uzbekistan GTL and Uzbekneftegas, but for the whole country,” said Chairman of the Management Board of JSC Uzbekneftegaz Mehriddin Abdullayev. “Once again it shows that we in Uzbekistan can achieve results having set the most ambitious of goals. When I started heading the Working Group created to study ways of producing synthetic fuels, their storage, sales and delivery to the market, the task seemed daunting. Today I am proud that our efforts have been successful and gained international recognition.”

“We are very pleased to keep the momentum from earlier this year. On June 15 we started production of the first synthetic oil; on June 29, 2022, the first synthetic diesel was produced followed by synthetic GTL naphtha. And now we are proud to begin production of synthetic jet fuel by synthesizing natural gas. I am particularly grateful to all our engineers, scientists, experts and workers who ensured that all 23 basic physicochemical and technical parameters of synthetic kerosene reached the required level and work has been completed to bring the freezing point to the internationally required level of -47°C,” said General Director of Uzbekistan GTL Fahritdin Abdurasulov.

To date, the GTL complex has produced 55,000 tons of synthetic diesel fuel and 20.5 thousand tons of synthetic naphtha, which are daily supplied to consumers through the Uzbekistan Commodity Exchange.

The Uzbekistan GTL complex intends to produce import-substituting oil products and hydrocarbons with a total value of US$1 billion per year.