Sinopec subsidiary Shanghai Petrochemical, also known as Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited, on Wednesday (23 January) became the first domestic refining and chemical enterprise to manufacture low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), it said through the official news portal Sinopec News Network.
The first batch of 6,000 metric tonnes (mt) was the result of a research partnership between Shanghai Petrochemical and Sinopec Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology (SRIPT) that started in September 2018.
Research led the company to develop a trial production plan for residual oil hydrogenation and low-sulphur marine fuel oil while carrying out a series of transformations at the No. 6 refinery unit, eventually resulting in the production of LSFO.
Moving forward, Shanghai Petrochemical said it will produce more LSFO to meet bunker demand from vessels due to the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation introducing a 0.5% sulphur limit for marine fuel from 2020.
In October 2018, the General Manager of Sinopec Fuel Oil Company said all of the company’s bunker fuel supplied will be IMO 2020 compliant by the deadline of 1 January 2020.
Sinopec was already making plans to prepare its refinery for IMO 2020 compliant fuel production as early as January 2018.
Published: 24 January, 2019
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