The following article published by Manifold Times on 19 April was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece:
The PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical Refining and Chemical Integration Project, located in the Dananhai Petrochemical Industrial Zone, officially started operations on Monday (28 March), said a statement from PetroChina.
It is expected to increase the annual output of PetroChina’s low sulphur marine fuel oil by 200%, effectively alleviating the shortage of domestic marine bunker fuel.
The Guangdong Petrochemical Refining and Chemical Integration Project occupies a favourable position on the southern coast and is a strategic layout project of the national “13th Five-Year Plan” energy plan, says the Chinese oil major.
The project is expected to produce 2.6 million mt of low sulphur marine fuel oil per annum, which is approximately 34% of the total bonded low sulphur marine fuel output of domestic refineries in 2020.
The project will further optimise and improve the product structure of Guangdong Petrochemical refining and chemical integration project, and provide assistance for my country’s carbon emission reduction strategy.
Guangdong Petrochemical will further expand with four 20,000 cubic metres of storage tanks for the project.
At present, the detailed design and 60% of the project planning have been completed together with 34 purchase requisition documents, resulting in the start of the project’s procurement process.
Manifold Times previously reported the project will add low-sulphur marine fuel oil, in addition to clean gasoline, diesel and aviation kerosene products, to its production portfolio.
In December 2021, Manifold Times also reported the Chinese State Council giving permission for bonded bunkering operations to be carried out at Guangdong province.
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