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China: Sinopec Shanghai ensures LSFO availability despite production unit maintenance

09 Jun 2020

Disclaimer: An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical on Monday (8 June)  said in the first quarter of the year, it encountered difficulties in producing low-sulphur marine fuel oil as half of the catalyst portion of its production unit was halted for maintenance works.

Coupled with the Coronavirus outbreak, the refinery was undermanned and ill-equipped to cope with low-sulphur marine fuel production targets that were in place.

The company said the oil refining department came up with a plan to modify other equipment available to continue blending low-sulphur marine fuel. Unexpectedly, output exceeded the initial targets by 4%.

As of Friday (5 June), Sinopec Shanghai said it has produced about 100,000 metric tonnes (mt) of low sulphur marine fuel oil, which is capable of reducing 6,000 mt of carbon dioxide emissions. 

The company has also officiated an additional berth (No.4) at its chemical terminal qualified for transporting low sulphur marine fuel to the Shanghai Lingang Freetrade Zone, increasing the company’s capacity for output. 

In May, 7,500 mt of low-sulphur marine fuel was shipped from berth No.4 to the Shanghai Freetrade Zone. 

Related: China: Sinopec Shanghai ramps up production of low sulphur marine fuel for Q2 2020

Photo credit: Keith Mulcahy
Published: 9 June, 2020


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