Zenhai refinery in China to get expansion

BEIJING�China's Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co. Ltd. plans to expand its refinery at Zhenhai in Zhejiang province.

It will build a 1.5 million tonnes/year hydrotreater and a 20,000 b/d delayed coking unit before 2005.

Currently, Zhenhai operates a 3.2 million tonnes/year diesel and gasoline hydrotreating unit and a 1.3 million tonnes coking unit.

The expansion follows the completion of 8 million tonnes/year crude distillation unit and a 2 million tonnes/year catalytic unit at Zhenhai in July 1999.

Zhenhai is a subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), which has a refining capacity of 12 million tonnes/year.

Separately, China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) 's subsidiary Gaoqiao Petrochemical Corp. and Infineum Singapore Pte. Ltd. plan a 50:50 joint venture to produce lubricants additives in Shanghai.

Their Shanghai Hilube Additives Co. will build a 100 million yuan, 20,000-tonne/year plant.

Infineum is a 50:50 joint venture established in January between Royal/Dutch Shell Group and ExxonMobil Corp.

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