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Asia Pacific

10.01.2010  |  Thinnes, Billy,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX


Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) has chosen Axens to supply the technology for its coker gasoil (CGO) hydrotreating unit at its refinery in Haldia, India. With a design capacity of 1.4 million tpy, the new unit will hydroprocess light coker gasoil, heavy coker gasoil and coker naphtha. In addition, the unit will be able to process straight run gasoil and straight-run vacuum gasoil. In view of the complexity of the feed, the design of this unit will be the first of its kind at IOCL. IOCL’s Haldia refinery currently has a 7.5 million-tpy crude oil capacity. After the expansion, the unit will be producing Euro-III and Euro-IV grade gasoline and diesel.

Uhde Inventa-Fischer and Hangzhou Hangding Nylon Tech have signed a contract for the delivery of a PA-6 polymerization plant to produce textile grade chips, based on Uhde Invtenta-Fischer’s technology. The new plant (to be located in Zhejiang Province, China), with a capacity of 47,000 metric tpy, will produce high performance polyamide-6 (HPPA) textile grade chips for Hangding’s modern high-speed spinning plants. This technology improves the rate of yield of the raw material caprolactam and optimizes the yield increase in the FDY and POY spinning process, as well as in the subsequent downstream processing.

Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s scope of supply and services includes the license, the basic and detail engineering, the supply of all proprietary and key equipment, as well as the supervision of the erection and commissioning activities, including the training of the operating personnel at the plant site. Startup is planned before the 2012 Chinese New Year.

PetroChina’s 1 million-metric tpy refinery in Qinzhou, China, recently started operations. PetroChina had delayed the startup of the refinery from June. The plant is designed to process crude from Sudan and may be reconfigured to process more crude from West Africa. The refinery is expected to supply 8.3 million tpy of fuel and 900,000 tpy of chemical products to the southwest China market. PetroChina has put the first phase of its crude oil storage depot with capacity of 4.2 million cubic meters in Qinzhou into a test run.

A plant using the combined DMTO methanol-to-olefins technology of SYN Energy Technology Co. Ltd. and Lummus Technology successfully started-up in Baotou, China. It is the world’s first methanol-to-olefins unit to be operated on a commercial scale. The plant is owned by China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Co. Ltd. The technology enables licensees to produce olefins (ethylene and propylene) from methanol. The plant is designed to produce 600,000 tpy of olefins from methanol. On-spec ethylene and propylene product were achieved less than 72 hours after methanol was introduced to the unit. The unit is the first of several that have been licensed by SYN and Lummus Technology under a worldwide partnership to offer the reactor and olefins recovery technologies jointly. SYN licensed the reactor and catalyst technology used in the plant and Lummus Technology licensed the olefins recovery technology.

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. and Kuwait Petroleum Corp. received government approval to start initial work on an oil refinery and chemical project in southern China. The proposed ethylene plant in Nansha, Guangdong Province, will produce 1 million metric tpy of the chemical. The Nansha complex, with a planned investment of $5 billion, would be the largest joint venture in China, exceeding the nearby Nanhai petrochemical facilities built by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and China National Offshore Oil Corp.  HP

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