China’s Sinopec Starts Up New Refinery in Zhanjiang

Sinopec, China’s state-owned refiner has started its 200,000 bpd (barrel per day) Zhanjiang refinery in the southern province of Guangdong.

Operations began on 16th June at the refinery’s crude units and some secondary units, Sinopec said.

Situated in coastal city of Zhanjiang, the refinery comprises a 200,000 bpd (barrel per day) crude oil refinery and an 800,000 ton per year ethylene facility, built at a cost of 40 billion yuan ($5.6 billion).

The new plant operates a 300,000 tonnage crude oil terminal and also berths that can dock vessels with capacity to carry 100,000 tonnes of refined products, Sinopec said.

The Zhanjiang refinery has its own port with 34 million ton per year of throughput capacity including berths capable of receiving 2 million barrel very large crude carriers.

The refinery’s main products are gasoline, diesel, aviation kerosine and “high-end” chemical products, Sinopec said.

Commercial operations are expected to start in July.