SK Energy, the oil refining subsidiary of SK Innovation, on Sunday (2 February) said it is ready to produce low-sulphur marine fuel from March 2020 as its vacuum residue desulphurisation plant was successfully completed as planned in late January.
The company invested more than 1 trillion won (USD $840 million) into the construction of the plant in the southern city of Ulsan. The plant is currently undergoing two months of test operations and once open, is estimated to produce 40,000 barrels of low-sulphur fuel oil per day.
“The low sulphur oil market will improve in the second quarter once the stockpile of oil by shippers are exhausted” says CEO Cho-Kyong Mok.
The company offered green bonds last year to fund this project. It is expecting an annual return of 200 to 300 billion won upon completion.
Photo credit: SK Energy
Published: 10 February 2020
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