August 23, 2018 / 3:18 AM / a year ago

China's CNPC completes upgrade at Kazakh's Shymkent refinery

BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) -

* China’s state energy group China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has completed an upgrade at Kazakhstan’s Shymkent refinery, in which it has a stake, allowing the plant to produce higher quality fuels, it said on Thursday

* CNPC started test runs early in August on a 2 million tonne-per-year catalytic cracking unit at the Shymkent plant, one of three refineries operating in the Central Asian nation

* The upgrade, which includes an isomerisation unit that started in June last year, raises the plant’s fuel quality to Euro IV and V from the previous Euro II

* Shymkent, in southern Kazakhstan, is half owned by Kazakh state oil and gas company KazMunaiGas and half by PetroKazakhstan, a joint venture of KazMunaiGas and CNPC

Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Tom Hogue

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