"At the moment three Kazakh oil refineries are being reconstructed. Atyrau refinery will be the first to finish the modernization works. Mechanical completion of the plant is expected later this year. Mechanical completion of the modernization and reconstruction in Pavlodar and Shymkent refineries is planned in 2017 ", Mirzagaliev said.
According to the Vice Minister, the refinery modernization will allow Kazakhstan to remove the dependence on imports of light petroleum products, increase the processing capacity from 15 to 17.5 million tons annually.