Small Rerefinery Being Built in Turkey


A public-private partnership for waste oil collection and construction of a base oil rerefinery was announced recently by the local government of the city of Akyazi, Turkey.

The plant will cost 18.3 million lira (U.S. $944,000) and will be located in Kucucek İstiklal district near Akyazi, a city 170 kilometers southeast of Istanbul. It will also include a finished lubricant blending plant, according to the announcement.

The project is realized by the company called Non-Stop Ticaret, and the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change. The project is coordinated through the General Directorate of Environmental Impact Assessment, that issues licenses for waste oil collection and recycling.

In a separate public announcement dated Jul. 4, 2022, the EIA directorate said that the project is prepared within the framework of the Annex-III of the EIA Regulation and submitted to the ministry.

The base oil rerefinery will be built on 11,300 square meters land plot and will be capable to process 20,000 ton per year waste oil to produce 15,000 t/y of base oils and 2,600 tons per year of intermediary petroleum products. The project also envisages construction of blending plant with capacity to produce 19,300 t/y of finished lubricants, mostly motor oils. The base oil rerefinery will feature a proprietary thin-filmed filtration technology.

The project also includes a waste oil storage tank facility with capacity of 1 million liters.

Turkey has well developed environmental laws regarding the waste oil collection and recycling. The adoption of two landmark policies in 2019 – the Zero Waste and the Waste Oil Management regulations – received credit for increases in the amount of waste oil being collected and rerefined in Turkey, bringing it closer to the standards of the European Union.

The law set this requirement at 2% in 2023, 4% in 2024 and 6% in 2025, after it was amended in January 2023. The previous requirement for 2023 was set at 25% but many industry players deemed it excessive and demanded a decrease to a more realistic waste oil collection volume as a portion of the total production or imports.

Turkey has one large base oil rerefinery located 180 kilometers southeast of Istanbul. Operated by Tayras, it has capacity to process 60,000 t/y of waste oil to make 45,000 t/y of API Group II base oil.