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SOCAR Polypropylene and Polyethylene Plants

Where: Azerbaijan

Client: Socar Polymer

Company in charge: Tecnimont - KT

Maire Tecnimont Group is participating in Azerbaijan's strategic diversification of its industrial development, enabling the Country to grow its petrochemical industry entering the production of this segment of the plastics market. Polypropylene is a basic product used for several consumer goods in a wide variety of applications.

Two plants are being completed for SOCAR:

  • a high-density polyethylene plant with a capacity of 120,000 tons per year
  • a polypropylene plant with a capacity of 180,000 tons per year

The development of the projects includes engineering services, equipment, material supply and construction activities up to the start-up and performance testing of the two plants, located in the Sumgayit Petrochemical Complex, 30 km North of Baku.

The project is paramount thanks to the number of jobs it has created, the development of local businesses, the skill transfer to local professionals, and the general focus on employment and training of the Azerbaijani population. 

The client, SOCAR Polymer, is the first public-private partnership in the Azerbaijan oil and gas sector. The Country requires international companies to strengthen their application of local content, create jobs, support Azerbaijani suppliers, increase Azerbaijani ownership within the industry, promote enterprise development, accelerate the transfer of skills and technologies and prioritize the employment and training of Azerbaijani citizens. In seeking to boost local content in the host country, Maire Tecnimont has developed three specific programmes:

  • support the education of local students, in collaboration with Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS)
  • acquire local specialized talent
  • prioritize procurement of local suppliers