BEIJING: Sinopec Group, parent of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec Corp), will start test runs at its new 100,000 barrel-per-day refinery in the southern Chinese city of Beihai in Guangxi this weekend, two sources told Reuters.
The state oil company will also start using 10 million barrels of a new crude storage base next to the plant. The crude base has a total capacity of 20 million barrel, with the other half of the facility still being built.
Here is Update on Sinopec’s Beihai Guangxi Refinery & Petrochem plant, Crude Reserve & associated projects. Unfortunately it doesnt provide info updates on coker details. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, borders Vietnam, facing Beibuwan Gulf and the Beihai Port for 2km. Earlier updates mentioned the new 200 kmtpy polypropylene plant was going to be at Beihai and the refinery was relocated to Tieshan Port some 40 kilometers from Beihai.
It does indicate the first phase of current 100MBD refinery (originally only a small 12MBD refinery called Beihai Petroleum & Chemical Factory ) is ready for test runs (Phase II Expansion to 200MBD, with new 300k dwt port by 2015). And it mentions that the crude for the test-run will come from new 10MMBBL Crude Reserve (~SPR) in Guangxi region (plans are add total 20MMBbl SPR in region).
Sinopec rival CNPC also started up 200MBD grassroots CNPC Quinzhou Coking Refinery & new Quinzhou port (94 kilometers north of Beihai) at the end 2010/first 2011 in same Guangxi region but wasnt mentioned on this update.