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Vietnam refinery construction
A tender for the construction of the Nghi Son refinery is now being sought. Operators are searching for an international builder to construct the US$ 8 billion 200 000 bpd facility.

The refinery is going to be built in Thanh Hoa in the north and is a joint venture between PetroVietnam, Kuwait Petroelum International and Idemitsu Kosan Co., Japan. Technip, France has already bid for the project as they constructed Vietnam’s first refinery in Dung Quat. The new plant is expected to be completed in 2013.

Chinese refinery relocation
Sinopec Group have decided to relocate the 12 000 bpd Behai refinery in the port of Beihai. The refinery will be moved to Guangxi province, near Vietnam so the company can expand the plant by adding commercial oil storage and a petrochemical plant.

Tieshan Port, is only 40 km away from its current location. The move and construction of the 200 000 tpy polypropylene plant is scheduled for completion in September 2011.

News from India
Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd, India has announced plans to double the capacity of the Manali refinery. The plant currently processes 190 000 bpd at full capacity and is expected to increase to 390 000 bpd by 2014. Chennai has also announced plans to construct a 300 000 bpd refinery in Cuddalore which will be largely export focused. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Also, India’s Essar Group and Royal Dutch Shell are still in negotiations for three of Shell’s European refineries, namely the Stanlow refinery, UK, Heide refinery, Germany and Harburg refinery, Germany. Essar is also expanding irts Vadinar refinery, Gujarat to 720 000 bpd as part of its global expansion project.

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