SINOPEC's $1.56 Billion Epichlorohydrin Plant Upgrade Begins at Northern China Refinery
SINOPEC's $1.56 Billion Epichlorohydrin Plant Upgrade Begins at Northern China Refinery

SINOPEC's $1.56 Billion Epichlorohydrin Plant Upgrade Begins at Northern China Refinery

  • 03-Mar-2023 5:22 PM
  • Journalist: Rene Swann

The Chinese energy giant Sinopec has recently begun a $1.56 billion upgrade to its refinery in Northern China. The purpose of the upgrade is to add the capability to produce Epichlorohydrin, a chemical used in numerous downstream processes and other petrochemicals. This upgrade will not only help increase Sinopec's production capabilities, but it will also benefit the region's economy by creating jobs and boosting the local industry.

According to Sinopec, the project will include 12 facilities, including a 3 million TPA catalytic cracker, a 700,000 TPA gasoline hydrotreating unit, and a 100,000 TPA Epichlorohydrin unit. It is being constructed alongside Sinopec's Shijiazhuang refinery in the province of Hebei.

Cosmetics and higher-performance plastics will be made with one of this upgrade's key chemical products.

As part of a national goal to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, national energy companies like Sinopec have pledged multibillion-dollar investments in green sectors like renewable energy, carbon capture, and cleaner refining.

The upgrade project at SINOPEC's refinery in northern China will bring many benefits to the company. The $1.56 billion upgrade will modernize the facility and help improve its efficiency and productivity. By doing this, SINOPEC will be able to reduce production costs, increase profitability, and reduce environmental impacts.

Additionally, Sinopec stated that the Shijiazhuang refinery's kerosene hydrogenation facility and olefin recovery capacity would be upgraded.

The refiner has already invested in other carbon-capture and low-carbon projects, such as the construction of China's largest carbon-capture facility in eastern Shandong province in August.

Overall, this move indicates that Sinopec is looking ahead and investing in its future. This project marks a significant step forward for it and could have far-reaching implications for its potential growth and success. In addition, this project shows that Sinopec is taking steps to diversify its operations, as the upgraded facility will be capable of producing a variety of petrochemicals. As such, the project means that Sinopec is positioning itself to remain competitive and profitable in the long run. Ultimately, this investment signals a commitment from Sinopec to continue to be a leader in the industry for years to come.

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