SEG Will Modernize Fergana Oil Refinery Following Acquisition

June 22, 2022
Uzbekistan’s largest private oil and gas company acquires Fergana Oil Refinery after privatization tender.

Uzbekistan oil and gas company Sanoat Energetika Guruhi LLC (SEG) acquires the formerly state-owned Fergana Oil Refinery LLC (Fergana). The acquisition follows a competitive tender process as part of Uzbekistan’s state asset privatization program. The addition of Fergana complements SEG’s evolution into a vertically integrated oil and gas company, covering upstream and downstream production, from exploration to full cycle processing of high-quality end products, according to the company.

“We intend to modernize the Fergana Oil Refinery and double its capacity to two million tons of chemical products annually. By September 2023, the plant will produce Euro-5 gasoline and various modern types of oils and other refined products,” says Shokir Fayzullaev, chief executive officer of SEG, says in a news release from the company. “Over the last 20 years, the need to modernize and invest in Fergana has been ignored, with the last modernization over 30 years ago. Now, as part of the SEG portfolio of companies, we have contracted best-in-class international companies Afton Chemical, Lubrizol (USA), Infineum (England) and Evonik (Germany), amongst others, for a full technical re-equipping of the plant.”

During the period of trust management, investments of $58 million were made to renew the enterprise, according to SEG including:

  • Licensing and engineering agreements with Axens SA (FR);
  • Replacement of the hydrodesulfurization unit, with further new unit development commencing;
  • Commencement of Euro-4 and Euro-5 quality diesel fuel production via a modern GDS unit;
  • Equipment installed from international suppliers Afton Chemical Corp (US), Lubrizol Corp. (US), Infineum International Ltd. (UK), Evonik Industries AG (GER); and
  • IFRS audits introduced

Future development of the Fergana Oil Refinery will build the plant into a petrochemical complex, according to SEG. SEG says its priority goal is to support Uzbekistan’s growing economy and to increase oil production to 1.6 million tons by 2030. SEG’s new petrochemical capacity to deep process hydrocarbons will also contribute to Uzbekistan’s industrial development goals. Another business objective, according to the company, is the export of refined chemical products to the international market. SEG has built a strong customer network interested in Fergana’s advanced chemicals, including the wider CIS region, Europe and the Middle East.

Read the press release at: www.jpetrol.uz