Sinopec Corp. has put China’s largest petrochemical port into operation with the successful docking and unloading of the New Renown, a VLCC from the Middle East. The tanker was welcomed at the new 300 000 t crude oil terminal of Sinopec Zhongke Refinery Port, which forms part of the company’s industry-leading ‘front terminal, rear plant’ production model.
Housed 1100 meters from Sinopec’s refinery plant, the petrochemical port features eight terminals including a 300 000 t crude oil berth, 100 000 t oil berth and supporting facilities – providing a total capacity of 34 million tpy. To date, the 100 000 t berth is the largest domestic refined oil terminal with a loading and unloading capacity of 5.61 million tpy. The terminal provides convenient access to refined oil and chemical products for Sinopec’s core domestic market, while also offering direct opportunities for global exports and enhancing Sinopec’s competitiveness within the industry.
Situated on the east coast of Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, the Sinopec Zhongke Refinery Port is part of Zhanjiang Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Complex – the biggest project of its kind under construction by Sinopec, and a key component of the Guangdong Province’s 13th Five-Year Plan. The total investment of the first phase of the project totals more than 40 billion CNY and will add over 10 million t of refined crude oil capacity and 800 000 tpy of ethylene units, in addition to auxiliary supporting facilities.
Following its completion, it’s estimated that the output of the refinery will exceed 60 billion CNY. Additional output will aid the development of the downstream industrial chain of the refining and chemical industry, while injecting new momentum for the economic development of the Greater Bay Area.
At present, there are more than 18 000 builders currently working on-site as part of the project, and 28 of the 30 major production facilities have been delivered. The final project is expected to be fully completed and put into production by the end of July.
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