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End of April update: Asia and the Pacific

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Shandong Chambroad Petrochemicals Co. has selected UOP LLC’s C3 and C4 Oleflex processes. This will be the second plant in the world to combine both of these UOP technologies and the first in China. The processes are used for the production of propylene.

A ceremony was held in Guangdong province on Friday 27th April to celebrate the beginning of the construction of a Venezuelan/Chinese joint refinery. The plant will be completed by 2015 with an investment of US$ 8.3 billion. The refinery will have a processing capacity of 400 000 bpd.


The construction of a refinery in Punjab is hopefully going to play and integral role in attracting industry to the region. HMEL will construct the refinery in Punjab in hope of creating a polypropylene based downstream industry that could attract an investment of 5000 crore.

Karnataka High Court has ruled that Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals are allowed to pump 500 000 gal/d of water from the Nethravathi River for drinking and safety reasons. The company was originally seeking permission to pump 2.5 million gal/d.

Mittal have said that an initial public offering (IPO) is on the cards when it comes to the expansion of the Guru Gobid Singh refinery, which will be located in Bathinda. The company are looking to increase processing capacity by 2.2 million tpy.

New Zealand

Refining New Zealand is going to upgrade the Marsden Pt refinery after shareholders voted in favour of the work. AUS$ 365 million will be spent on the work in the shape of a continuous catalyst regeneration performer. Due to the scope of the work, a majority vote was needed from shareholders.

South Korea

SK Energy has announced plans to add paraxylene production to the Incheon refinery. The company are looking to invest US$ 1.4 billion in to this project. The new unit is projected to be onstream by 2014 and have a production capacity of 1.3 million tpy. 

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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