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Sinopec refinery in Qilu resumes operation after overhaul

December 18/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sinopec Corp's Qilu refinery has resumed operations after a more than three-month overhaul of its 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude processing facility, reported Reuters with reference to the company's statement on Thursday.

The refinery, based in China's oil refining hub Shandong province, has total crude oil processing capacity of 13 million tonnes per year, or 260,000 bpd.

"With only half-month left before the year-end, the refinery will increase operational rates at all production facilities to meet the output targets for 2020," Sinopec said.

As MRC informed earlier, SKGC's joint venture Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical plans to restart its naphtha-fed steam cracker in Wuhan in the second-half of December as scheduled after the turnaround and debottlenecking. The cracker was shut down in October, 2020.

SK Wuhan's steam cracker is able to produce 800,000 mt/year of ethylene and 400,000 mt/year of propylene.After the debottlenecking, the cracker's ethylene production capacity will be increased to 1.1 million mt/year and propylene capacity to 550,000 mt/year. The company will add a new 60,000 mt/year butadiene unit at the plant.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,760,950 tonnes in the first ten months of 2020, up by 3% year on year. Only high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 978,870 tonnes in  January-October 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports minus producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.

China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) is a super-large petroleum and petrochemical enterprise group established in July 1998 on the basis of the former China Petrochemical Corporation. Sinopec Group"s key business activities include the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, petrochemicals and other chemical products, oil refining.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Sinopec, SK Corporation, China, Russia.
Category:General News
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