China's Zhejiang Petrochemical launches mega reformer unit

Earlier this month, China’s Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co Ltd launched a 3.8-million-ton-per-year reformer unit, a key processing facility at its new mega refinery and petrochemical complex in east China, the company said on its social media platform.

The reformer unit, which processes naphtha into aromatics, is the world’s single-largest facility of its kind, the company claimed.

Zhejiang Petrochemical,based in Zhoushan of Zhejiang province, started test runs at a 200,000-barrels-per-day crude oil refinery in May, the company said.

The complex includes a second 200,000-bpd crude unit, a 1.4 million-tpy ethylene and a 4 million-tpy paraxylene plant. All facilites are expected to start operating next year, industry sources said.

Reporting by Chen Aizhu, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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