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Henglis high-tech petroleum complex breathes down PetroChinas neck

September 12/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- On reclaimed land on the island of Changxin near the port of Dalian, workers are putting the finishing touches on a plant that is the future of Chinas refining and petrochemical industry, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Here, private chemical company Hengli Group will begin testing its USD11 billion oil refinery and petrochemical complex in October.

The plant is a direct challenge to China National Petroleum Corps (CNPC) Dalian Petrochemical Corp facility, the countrys second-largest oil refinery. That 70-year-old plant has been a cash cow for state-owned CNPC but the aging refinery has come under scrutiny after several accidents.

Henglis high-tech complex will not only produce the fuels China craves but also the plastics and other chemicals the country will need for the future.

China plans to add a dozen petrochemical mega-complexes along its east coast over the next five years, in the biggest wave of expansion in its history.

The plants will be backed by state majors Sinopec and Sinochem, private groups Shenghong Petrochemical and Wanhua Chemical, as well as Exxon Mobil and Germanys BASF.

Under a more liberalized policy, more independent and foreign companies will join the investment that will make China more self-sufficient in chemicals, said William Chen, chemicals analyst at IHS Markit.

CNPCs listed arm PetroChina Co, which operates Dalian, has become one of the worlds most valuable oil firms by providing the gasoline and diesel to power Chinas expanding private car fleet and the freight trucks underpinning its expanding commerce.

But Dalian may become a symbol of the past as competitors such as Hengli feed the demand of the worlds biggest petrochemical consumer.

Chinas demand for diesel will likely peak by 2020 and gasoline by around 2035, according to IHS Markit.

However, the countrys demand for ethylene, a building block for plastics and polyesters, will rise to 26.8 million tonnes by 2020, from 18.7 million tonnes in 2015. Henglis sprawling complex is geared to meet that demand and reduce imports.

As MRC informed earlier, Hengli Group received its first cargo of Saudi crude oil by July as it prepares a new refinery for trial runs to be held in October.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petrochemistry, Crude oil, Hengli Petrochemical, China.
Category:General News
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