Azerbaijan starts jet fuel supply to new Istanbul airport

The SOCAR state company, Azerbaijan, has begun supplying jet fuel to the new Istanbul airport, SOCAR Turkey Energy told Trend.

“Since January, the STAR refinery supplies refinery naphta to the Petkim petrochemical center. Jet fuel supplies to the new Istanbul airport also began,” the company said.

According to the company, the testing process at the STAR refinery has been completed, all units have been commissioned and production is increasing.

“This year, the STAR refinery will process eight million metric tons of crude oil. STAR refineries can process various types of crude oil. At the moment, most of the processed raw materials are Urals oil from Russia,” Turkey Energy told SOCAR.

Recall that the Azerbaijani state-owned company SOCAR has won a tender for the provision of a new Istanbul airport with aviation fuel.

The company participated in the tender under the SOCAR Aviation brand name.

SOCAR has been working in the aviation market of Turkey since 2013, after signing a major agreement with Pegasus for the supply of jet fuel, and today it is among the three largest fuel suppliers to the country’s aviation sector.

Starting this year, SOCAR Aviation has already provided half of the needs of Sabiha Gokcen Airport for fuel, and also supplies airports in Izmir, Bodrum, Antalya, Dalaman with fuel.

It should be noted that SOCAR is represented in Turkey by a subsidiary of SOCAR Turkey, which has so far invested over US $ 14 billion in the Turkish economy. The staff of the company in Turkey is five thousand people, and the annual export potential reaches three billion US dollars. SOCAR’s current assets in Turkey include the Petkim petrochemical complex, the STAR refinery, and the Petlim container port.

The new Istanbul airport opened on October 29, 2018. The airport was built near the lake Terkos in the northern part of the city. The construction of the airport worth ten billion Turkish lira was done by a consortium of companies Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-MaPa-Kalyon.

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