Kazakhs to Boost Refining Capacity to 21 Million Tons by 2022

Kazakhstan, the biggest energy producer in central Asia, plans to almost double processing capacity its three refineries to 21 million metric tons by 2022, state-owned KazMunaiGaz National Co. said.

The plants handled 11.4 million tons of crude in 2011, the Astana-based company said in a statement e-mailed today. KazMunaiGaz owns Atyrau and Pavlodar refineries, and jointly owns the Shymkent facility with China National Petroleum Corp.

Shymkent increased crude processing by 3.2 percent to 4.75 million tons last year from a year earlier, while Atyrau handled by 1.1 percent less at 4.42 million tons, Interfax said today citing the KazMunaiGaz unit. The Pavlodar refinery planned to process 5 milion tons in 2012, Interfax reported.

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