Established in 1986 in order to meet the petroleum demands of the Ankara, Central Anatolia, Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Black Sea regions, the Kırıkkale Refinery has become a refinery with mid-level complexity according to Mediterranean standards and its Hydrocracker, Isomerization, Diesel Desulphurization and CCR Reformer units have been expanded.
With a Nelson complexity of 6.32, the Kırıkkale Refinery has Turkey’s largest road tanker filling capacity.
The refinery has an annual 5 million ton crude oil processing capacity and its crude oil transfer is realized via BOTAŞ’s Ceyhan Terminal and the Ceyhan-Kırıkkale pipeline.
Kırıkkale Refinery’s capacity utilization rate was 53% for crude oil, and 57% if imported products given to charge are included. Its main products are LPG, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and asphalt. A total of approximately 2.7 million tons of petroleum products have been produced, and together with refinery transfers, 2.9 million tons of products were sold. During the year, Kırıkkale Refinery broke all-time records for asphalt and sulphur sales.
Due to regulations, products bought or sold via international commerce have to be analyzed in laboratories authorized by the Turkish Accreditation Authority (TÜRKAK); accordingly, the Kırıkkale Refinery Experimental Laboratory constantly increases the number of its accredited analyses. After the successful outcome of the Certificate Renewal Audit in September 2010, the validity of its accreditation certificate was extended until October 2014.
The following activities were realized as part of the improvement and development efforts in 2010:
· At the Hydrocracker Unit, a Capacity Test Run was implemented with the licensor and the design capacity of the unit was raised from 2,300 to 2,500 m3/day, amounting to an 8.7% increase. The potential profit to be generated by production growth is estimated around USD 8.4 million.
· With a number of modifications, 10 ppm diesel production was initiated at the old Desulphurization Unit; as such, an additional capacity of 540 thousand tons was generated to be utilized when necessary and another important step was taken in the direction of sustainable customer satisfaction. This project has brought about an annual profit potential of USD 17 million.
· In 2010, the average value of the energy intensity index (EII) was lowered from 128 to 116, which entailed an energy saving of TRY 21.97 million at the refinery. Again as part of energy saving efforts, 129 electric engines were replaced with high-efficiency or upgraded engines.
· The energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction projects were completed at the Crude Oil Unit and the basic engineering package of the Vacuum Unit capacity increase was completed.
· In fuel gas, the percentage of hydrogen was lowered from 55% to 15%.
· The following measures were taken as part of environmental efforts:
· The noise acoustics report was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
· The necessary measures were taken to recycle the volatile organic vapor emitted by filling pipes.
· In order to reduce and better monitor flare loss, an ultrasonic flow meter was installed in the low pressure flare line.
· Hazardous waste amounting to 2.3 thousand tons and 588 ton innocuous waste was sent away to be eliminated.