August 1, 2010 at 4:09 am #2567
Sinopec expands Tahe, Wuhan refineries, resumes ethylene project.
The Chinese oil company has completed a project at its Tahe facility–designed to process low-quality, heavy oil from the Tahe oil field–that increased the plant’s crude processing capacity to 100K b/d. The refinery, in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, is preparing trial runs for the new units, which include a coker, gasoline and diesel HTUs, an SRU, a hydrogen plant, and other plants. The project’s price tag reached 3.1B CNY ($457.2MM).
Sinopec is also expanding and upgrading its Sinopec Wuhan Co. refinery, as well as resuming a project to add ethylene production capacity to the complex. The plant’s crude processing capacity will rise 20K b/d to 180.8K b/d, upon completion of the expansion project. Also, Sinopec is adding more downstream refining units to the complex, including a 1.8MM-mt/y (37K-b/d) hydrocracker.
Furthermore, the firm restarted a project earlier this year to build an 800K-mt/y ethylene unit, after halting work in 2008 due to the financial crisis. It was previously reported that Sinopec had awarded a contract to US-based Foster Wheeler (FW) for the design and supply of three circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generators for the project. FW will design and supply the 80-MW generators and auxiliary equipment, and provide advisory services.
Source: Worldwide Refining Business Digest Weekly.e, July 12, 2010..
August 1, 2010 at 4:16 am #5523
Here is update article on completed coker & refinery expansions at Sinopec’s Tahe & Wuhan Refineries.
It is little dated (Jul 12) but I forgot to post this one & just put in my coker files.
Tahe was also one refineries where Foster Wheeler did 3 of 80 MW /CFB steam boilers (~2008).
It was also a second coking unit for Tahe (think 44M BD coker charge & about +40MBD crude) and first coker was mechanical complete back in Sept 2004 ~35MBD coker charge……. Which means it was almost a mirror of the CNPC Fushan 1st & 2nd coker recently posted.
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