An oil refining company in the Central Asian state of Turkmenistan plans to extend its range of downstream petroleum based products with the launch of a new plastic film extrusion plant.
Türkmenbaşy Oil Processing Complex (TKNPZ) is set to commission a new plant to manufacture biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films next month, close to one of its two refineries at Türkmenbaşy in western Turkmenistan.
The 20 kilotonne per annum (ktpa) film facility, currently in the commissioning phase of development, has been installed by process equipment and plant supplier PT Istana Karang Laut (PT IKL), an Indonesian subsidiary of the French international contractor Entrepose Group.
PP feedstock for the BOPP plant will come from the Türkmenbaşy refinery located on the Caspian Sea coast. Output from the new facility will comprise a range of transparent monolayer and coextruded BOPP films for packaging food and industrial products.
TKNPZ already manufactures PP based packaging in the form of large heavy duty sacks and valve box-type plastic bags produced at an integrated plant on the same site established in 2011. It was installed jointly by the Swiss company Venanko AG. along with Turkmen specialists.
This plant, already fed with polypropylene from the refinery, extrudes film as well as converting it to the flexible packaging products. The equipment, including extruders, laminators, and valve sack assembly machinery is supplied by several leading European manufacturers including the Austrian company Starlinger.
Originally, the facility produced up to 35,000 large sacks and 10m box type valve bags per year, according to Turkmenistan national media. The packaging was used initially for polymer granulate from petrochemical plants, as well as other goods beyond the oil industry.
The converting plant was built under Turkmenistan’s state oil and gas industry development programme, designed to stimulate the manufacture of high-value products in the country.
TKNPZ operates a second refinery, in Seýdi on other side of Turkmanistan on its eastern border with Uzbekistan.