PetroChina launches expanded Huabei refinery

PetroChina launched its Huabei refinery’s expanded 10 million tons crude processing capacity after it passed preliminary testing, the state-run Economic Information Daily reported.

At present, the new 2.9 million tonnes per year residue hydrocracking unit and the 1 million tonnes per year aviation fuel hydrotreating unit are in the preparatory stage for test operations. The annual production capacity of aviation fuel will reach 1.7 million tonnes after these units are put into operation.

The Huabei project is the only refining and chemical enterprise which will directly supply to the new and under-construction Beijing Daxing International Airport, according to the report.

The Huabei refinery, one of the largest under PetroChina, expanded its crude processing capacity to 10 million tonnes (200,000 bpd) from 5 million tonnes with a total investment of more than 31 billion yuan ($4.48 billion).

The refinery will help in meeting increasing demand for fuel from the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region. ($1 = 6.9167 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Shivani Singh and Muyu Xu; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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