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    Charles Randall

    Sinopec Guangzhou’s hydrocracker seen back on Fri
    BEIJING, Feb 13, 2007 (Reuters) – Sinopec Corp.’s Guangzhou refinery shut its 30,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) hydrocracker on Monday after a hydrogen-making unit caught fire, and it was expected to resume operations on Friday, industry sources said on Tuesday.
    The unexpected shutdown at the hydrocracker would cut the refinery’s output of mainly diesel and kerosene, sources close to the refinery’s operations told Reuters.
     Cables at the refinery’s 65,000 tonne-per-year (tpy)
    hydrogen-making unit caught fire, said one source, forcing the
    switch-off at the linked hydrocracking facility.
     The accident caused no casualties, sources said.
     “It should be fixed in four days,” said the source.
      Guangzhou refinery, in booming south China ‘s Guangdong province, started up the new 30,000-bpd hydrocracker late last year, part of its $540 million expansion to nearly double its refining capacity and to process lower-cost sour crude.
    Hydrogen unit fire may reduce output of diesel & kerosene but the refinery should resume operations on Friday.
    Neither the New 30 MBD Hydrocracker or the 65 MTPY Hydrogen unit is shown on OGJ WW Refining 2007 survey for 2006 capacities. It is likely using sour crude and doubling the crude capacity could require a coking unit at Guangzhou Refinery.  (Note: The China section of survey is mess this year since every site was shown with CNPC or Sinopec title beside the location – which is ok, but the multiple crude units at some of the sites makes it look like multiple refineries at same location.)

    Charles E. Randall
    Pace Global Energy Services
    Project Manager
    Houston, TX
    Direct: 713-315-5666
    Mobile: 281-813-2669

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    Sinopec shuts Shanghai CDU for 3-mth retooling
    BEIJING, Aug 20, 2007 (Reuters)
    Sinopec Corp’s Gaoqiao refinery shut its main crude unit earlier on Monday for a planned three-month retooling, in line with an earlier schedule, an industry official told Reuters.
    The shutdown at a 160,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) facility may prompt the top refiner to cut exports or raise imports of refined fuels to replenish stocks, as production at the Shanghai-based plant is due to drop nearly 70 percent over the period.
    After the retooling, which involves new crude furnaces made of anti-corrosion materials, the refinery will be able to process more high-sulphur, normally cheaper, crude oil.
    Gaoqiao has a separate crude unit of 70,000 bpd which will remain operational throughout the retooling but at only about 85 percent capacity, said the official familiar with the plant’s operations. “It’s an old unit, difficult to pump at full (capacity).”
    The refinery, a key fuel supplier to the financial hub of Shanghai, is part of the latest batch of Chinese plants upgraded to suit sour crudes, mostly from the Middle East, which now make up some 45 percent of China’s crude oil imports. Gaoqiao is also adding a delayed coker and sulphur recovery unit, both of which should be operational at the end of November when the crude unit completes revamping works.

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    Charles Randall

    This is update on the Sinopec Shanghai coker addition that moves from EPC to operating status un Nov 2007 after the current 3 month downtime. 
    The Gaoqiao/Shanghai Refinery coker addition is one of several new cokers that have / are coming online between 2H 2006 – 1H 2010, where the refineries are configured to process more sour crude & make fuel grade petcoke.
    Charlie Randall
    Independent Carbon & Coke consultant

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