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SINOPEC commits to production capability of low-sulfur marine fuel oil by 2020

June 10/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinopec has announced the production capability of 10 million and 15 million tons of low-sulfur marine fuel oil in 2020 and 2023, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

By January 1, 2020, Zhoushan and other China major ports will be fully covered with SINOPEC product availability, and more than 50 key overseas ports, including Singapore, will be covered with SINOPEC supply ability. The commitment will contribute 600,000 tons of sulfur oxide emissions reduction, equivalent to shutting down over 64 million National IV Standard trucks for a year.

Shipping emissions have become one of the major sources of air pollution in port cities and coastal areas. Data shows while a 10,000 TEU container vessel sails with a 70% load for 24 hours, it produces the equivalent amount of PM2.5 against 210,000 National IV Standard trucks. The IMO appointed research institute has forecasted that the global shipping industry is estimated to consume around 300 million tons of marine fuels in 2020. From January 1, 2020, MARPOL ANNEX VI has nailed the global sulfur-cap on marine fuels at 0.5%, down from the current 3.5%, which is 86% less than current emissions.

The sulfur-cap evokes revolutionary changes to the global shipping industry. The globalenvironment is expected to be improved fundamentally in the aspects ranging from port cities to atmosphere and oceans. Meanwhile, the major refiners are confronting opportunities and challenges. As a Category A Council Members of the IMO, China has marched a pioneer step and advanced one year ahead in implementing sulfur emission control in China's costal areas since January 1st 2019.

SINOPEC actively promotes greener development in the global shipping industry and contributes to the "China Solution". SINOPEC has launched a project in production research and development of the greener low-sulfur marine fuel oil in 2017. In the aspect of production, 10 SINOPEC refineries located in coastal cities have been projected to produce low-sulfur marine fuel oil. Shanghai, Jinling and Hainan, locations of some of the 10 refineries, have successively produced the IMO compliant marine fuel earlier this year. In the aspect of supply network development, the supply chain of SINOPEC's own refined low-sulfur marine fuel oil has already been established in Shanghai and Zhejiang. Prior to January 1, 2020, China's major ports will be covered with SINOPEC's features such as regulatory compliance, sustainable availability, and environmental concern. Simultaneously, the supply chain will reach Singapore, Hambantota, ARA areas and up to 50 key overseas ports around the globe.

SINOPEC has the responsibility, the capability and the advantages to scale up the production and supply of low-sulfur marine fuel oil. "Reduction of shipping emissions is one of the key factors in the Blue Sky Protection Campaign," said Mr.Lv Dapeng, the spokesman of SINOPEC. "The production and supply of low-sulfur marine fuel oil is a green initiative that benefits the whole world and requires concerted global action." Being the largest oil refining company, SINOPEC has advanced refining technology along with the advantage of having main refineries close to the consumption market along the coast and the river. Therefore, SINOPEC has the ability and advantages in realization of the large-scale production of low-sulfur marine fuel oil and is committed to the prevention and reduction of marine and air pollution in China and the world.

SINOPEC has completed the development layout of the low-sulfur greener marine fuel oil supply network globally. Mr. Liu Zurong, the executive director and party secretary of SINOPEC Fuel Oil Sales Co., Ltd (Sinopec Fuel Oil), said that SINOPEC Fuel Oil is the professional business arm with expertise in the global marine fuel business of SINOPEC. A well-established business network that covers China's coastal ports has been set up. Meanwhile, the supply capacity of up to 40 major ports abroad has been developed. SINOPEC adheres to the principle of "every drop of oil counts", with strict quality control in production, making SINOPEC a quality standard leader.

Furthermore, the Great Wall lubricate oil, a sub-brand of SINOPEC, has launched auxiliary products in compliance with SINOPEC low-sulfur marine fuel oil, which has obtained the OEM certification from international marine diesel engine manufacturers.

As MRC reported before, in September 2018, China's Sinopec Corp joined a group planning to build an oil refinery in Alberta, an enterprise that would strengthen demand for the Canadian province's heavily discounted crude. Thus,  Sinopec, along with an Alberta indigenous group, China State Construction Engineering Corp and Alberta management company Teedrum, plan to build a refinery to process 167,000 barrels per day of crude into gasoline and other products. The SinoCan Global refinery would cost CD8.5 billion, with a financing plan still to be worked out.

Sinopec Corp. is one of the largest scale integrated energy and chemical company with upstream, midstream and downstream operations. Its principal business includes: exploring, developing, producing and trading crude oil and natural gas; producing, storing, transporting and distributing and marketing petroleum products, petrochemical products, synthetic fiber, fertilizer and other chemical products. Its refining capacity and ethylene capacity rank No.2 and No.4 globally. Sinopec listed in Hong Kong, New York, London and Shanghai in August 2001. Sinopec Group, the parent company of Sinopec Corp., is ranked the 5th in Fortune Global 500 in 2012.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, Sinopec, Canada, China.
Category:General News
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