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12 April 2022

Statement on overhaul maintenance work within SOCAR’s Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery Modernization and Revamp Project

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SOCAR’s Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery is currently undergoing modernization and reconstruction process to increase the refining capacity, provide the country with high-quality Euro-5 fuel, minimize environmental impact, ensure Azerikimya’s stable feedstock supply and raise export capacity of oil products. As part of the project, the refinery implements operational excellence and sustainability program to determine its performance for 2022 in accordance with the maintenance while developing the comprehensive action plan. As a result, from April 4, 2022, the refinery was shut down for maintenance. The overhaul of the refinery in 2022 is carried out after a long (more than a year) break and is completely different from previous maintenance work for its scales and complexity. More than 2,000 workers from SOCAR and outside organizations will be involved in the maintenance work.

SOCAR has taken necessary measures in order to ensure uninterrupted supply of the country with relevant motor fuels during this period. Thus, some facilities of the former Azerneftyag oil refinery, which is part of the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery now, will continue to operate and produce a certain amount of kerosene, diesel and gasoline. In addition, the refinery will meet the country's demand in diesel and kerosene fuels due to the reserves formed at the refinery. The formation of the relevant fuel reserves started in February and is still ongoing. In this regard, the refinery will be able to meet domestic demand fully during the maintenance work.