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The Xinjiang region of China is looking to become China’s largest oil and gas refining base. The area is going to expand its refining petroleum capacity by 40 million tpy. Xinjiant Uygur Autonomous Region is going to establish four 10 million tpy refining bases, which are all expected to produce crude exclusively for the domestic market.

A 2 million tpy coking unit is going to be shutdown for three weeks for scheduled maintenance at the Maoming refinery. The refinery has a processing capacity of 270 000 bpd and is owned by Sinopec.

Luoyang Petrochemical’s, a Sinopec company, has increased its refining capacity to 200 800 bpd. The company began the expansion project in 2006 and it was completed last weekend when the diesel hydrogenation unit was brought online.

PetroChina Co. is going to increase the refining capacity at its Dalian refinery. The company is looking to increase capacity by 9% to 350 000 bpd. The facility is aiming to process 4.5 million t in Q3 of this year.


Reliance Industries are going to shutdown a unit at their biggest refinery. A crude distillation unit will be taken off line at the 660 000 bpd facility for four weeks from the 1st November. This is a planned maintenance shutdown.

Capacity at the Koyali refinery is going to be increased from 274 000 bpd to 360 000 bpd. Indian Oil Corp owns the facility, located in Gujarat.

The Indian Environment Ministry has called a halt to the expansion of Anil Agarwal’s Lanjigarh refinery in Orissa. The ministry has halted proceedings as the expansion is apparently unauthorised and in violation of environmental laws. The refinery is continuing to operate at its current capacity.

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