Uzbekistan revitalizes GTL plant construction project

TASHKENT (TCA) — A unique project on the construction of a gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant in Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya region had been pendent for a long time, but it has found a second wind in the last six months, by the decision of the head of state, the country’s official Jahon information agency reports.

As a result, in the past months, the previously frozen GTL plant construction project has been revitalized. The advanced technological facility will produce synthetic fuel from gas to the technology provided by the South African Sasol.

The plant is estimated to annually process 3.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas and produce about 1.5 million tons of synthetic fuel that meets Euro-5 requirements. Of these, 743,000 tons will be diesel fuel, 311,000 tons of aviation kerosene, 431,000 tons of naphtha, and 21,000 tons of liquefied gas.

Synthetic naphtha produced at the new facility will be forwarded to the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex, located at a distance of one kilometer, where it will be used to produce polyethylene and polypropylene.

In particular, it is planned to launch the production of bimodal polyethylene, which allows reducing the use of raw materials by half when obtaining finished products. Its physical characteristics are much higher than that of the polyethylene currently produced in Uzbekistan.

The total cost of the GTL plant construction project exceeds $3.6 billion. In addition, for the processing of naphtha, the Shurtan Gas Chemical Complex will be expanded and modernized at a total cost of over $400 million.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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