2006/11/7 China Chemical Reporter

JFE Coal Tar Project Puts into Trial Production

On October 20th, 2006, the 300 000 t/a coal tar deep-processing project put into trial production in Shandong JFE Zhenxing Chemical Company Ltd. located in Weifang, Shandong province, eastern China. With a registered capital of RMB164 million, Shandong JFE Zhenxing Chemical Company Ltd. is a Sino-Japan JV jointly funded by Weifang Zhenxing Coking & Chemicals Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shandong Haihua Group Co., Ltd. and JFE of Japan, split by 40% and 60%.

On August 3rd, 2005, the contract on the 300 000 t/a coal tar deep-processing unit was signed in Weifang. With a total investment of RMB400 million, the project started construction on October 12th, 2005. It is the first-phase project of their cooperation. In the second phase, a 150 000 t/a crude benzene deep-processing unit will be built. In the third phase, a 300 000 t/a coal tar deep-processing project, a 50 000 t/a project and a 10 000 t/a water reducer unit will be followed to make the product portfolio versatile. The total investment of the 3 phases is planned to reach RMB2.09 billion.


       JFE Zhenxing Shandong Chemical CO., LTD.       

JFEケミカル  60%
      山東海化集団坊振興焦化有限公司 40%

 能力  :

   2006/10 生産開始

Platts 2006/11/7

China's first coal-to-olefins project to break ground in H1 2007

Sino Biopharmaceutical Ltd expects to begin construction of the country's first coal-to-olefins project in March or April 2007, a company source said Monday.
"Primary preparation work has already begun, but since the weather has turned cold, we will need to wait until next spring to actually start construction work," the source said.
The plant will be located in
Yulin city in north China's Shaanxi Province.
The first phase of the project will cost about Yuan 5 billion ($632 million) and targets producing
600,000 mt/year of methanol from coal--which will then be processed into 100,000 mt/year of ethylene and 100,000 mt/year's propylene.

The smallest shareholder,
Shannxi New Coal Chemical Science and Technology Development Company Ltd, which holds a 5% share, had spearheaded the development of the new dimethyl ether/methanol-to-olefin (DMTO) technology to be used in the project and had been a partner in the first industrial trials of DMTO technology in China.

China Chemical Reporter 2006/11/15

Three Coal Chemical Projects Kick off in Shaanxi

On November 2nd, 2006, a 3 million t/a DMTO (dimethyl ether/methanol to olefin) commercial demonstrative project, a 600 000 t/a methanol project and a 200 000 t/a acetic acid project started construction in Yuheng Industry Park, Yulin, Shaanxi province.
The 3 million t/a DMTO project is undertaken by
Shaanxi Xinxing Coal & Olifin Co., Ltd. With a total investment of RMB5 billion, the first phase will construct a full-process DMTO demonstrative project with the 600 000 t/a methanol processing capacity, which is scheduled to complete in 3 years. The project adopts the technology provided by Dalian Institute of Chemistry and Physics, CAS.

China Chemical Reporter 2006/11/8

Tessenderlo Expands Gelatin Business in China

PB Gelatins, a part of the Specialities business section of
Tessenderlo Group of Belgium, and Zhejiang Feipeng Gelatin Company Ltd., located in Aojiang Port State-level Spark Sci-tech District near Wenzhou of Zhejiang 浙江省温州 province, south-eastern China, are setting up a joint venture (JV) to be known as PB Gelatins (Pingyang) Co., Ltd. Both parties said on October 28th, 2006.
Located in outskirts of Wenzhou, the new JV is to produce high-quality gelatin. Its equity split is 80: 20, between Tessenderlo Group and Zhejiang Feipeng Gelatin Company.

20061110日 化学工業日報





19942月 有限会社東京貿易として設立
20003月 株式会社に組織変更、資本金を300万円から1000万円に増資
200512月 ペトロマテリアル株式会社に社名変更



(2006-11-01 公告2006年第82号 実施期日2006-11-22)が関心を集めている。商務部産業司の王琴華司長はこれについて以下のように解説する。




2006/11/20 日本経済新聞夕刊

中国 加工貿易の優遇縮小 組み立て型一部除外 付加価値高い産業へ転換


2006-11-09 新華社

China, Russia make historic breakthroughs in oil co-op

In 2006, China and Russia have made "historic breakthroughs" in investment and cooperation in the petroleum industry, Zhou Jiping, deputy general manager of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), said in Beijing on Thursday.

    So far this year, the two countries have signed a series of agreements on setting up two joint venture companies involving oil and gas exploitation and the construction of a pipeline transporting Russian crude oil to the Chinese border, according to the CNPC official.

    Leaders of Chinese and Russian oil companies attending the on-going third meeting for promoting investment in China and Russia were optimistic about the prospects of the two countries' cooperation in the oil sector.

    Zhou said that Sino-Russian cooperation in the oil industry will help stabilize both the regional and global oil markets.

    Sergei Bogdanchikov, president of Russian oil giant Rosneft, said China is a stable and rapidly-growing market for Russian oil. He pledged to go all out to promote cooperation in oil industry.

    According to official figures, Russia is the world's largest gas exporter and second largest oil exporter, while China is the third largest oil importer in the world.

    In the first nine months of the year, Russia's oil output was 358 million tons while China's was 140 million tons.

October 17, 2006 Rosneft

Rosneft and CNPC Have Signed Protocol on Creation of
Joint Venture Company

On October 16, 2006, Sergey Bogdanchikov, president of OJSC Rosneft, and Chen Geng, president of China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), signed a protocol on the creation of
Vostok Energy Ltd.

The charter capital of Vostok Energy was set at RUR 10 million. Rosneft will hold a 51% stake in the company, and
CNPC will hold 49%. The company's board of directors will be comprised of five persons, three of whom will come from Rosneft and two from CNPC.

The new joint venture company was established primarily to conduct
exploration work in Russia and obtain licenses for various types of subsoil resource use. Moreover, Vostok Energy intends to undertake production and sales of hydrocarbons, as well as implement new technologies leading to increased effectiveness of exploration and production. In the future, the company's operations will promote increased foreign investment in Russia, as well as greater employment opportunities for Russian citizens.
On March 21 in Beijing, Sergey Bogdanchikov and Chen Geng signed an agreement on general principles of creating joint venture companies in Russia and China in order to expand cooperation between Rosneft and CNPC.

Platts 2006/11/13

China Dahua's new paraxylene, QTA units due on-stream in mid-2008

China's Dahua Group
大化集団 expects to complete its new 450,000 mt/year paraxylene plant in May or June of 2008, a source close to the company said Friday.
The PX produced by the new plant will be captively used as feedstock for a downstream
500,000 mt/year quality terephthalic acid plant that is also scheduled for construction and which is expected to come on-stream in the latter half of 2008.

大化集団/大連福佳企業集団  Benzen 200,000、OX 100,000、PX 450,000
浙江逸盛化学75%/大化集団   QTA 500,000

大化集団   coal-based methanol 300,000


2006/11/16 China Chemical Reporter

PO Integrated Project Kicks off in Jiangsu     下記

On November 9th, 2006, the propylene oxide(PO)integrated project started construction in Nanjing GPRO Kumho Petrochemical Company Ltd. located in Nanjing Chemical Industry Park, Jiangsu province.

On September 19th, 2006, Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd. of Korea and Jiangsu GPRO Group 金浦集團sign an agreement in Jiangsu province on jointly operating the PO integrated project. With a total investment of US$200 million, the project is the largest investment for Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd. of Korea in China. The first-phase project is scheduled to be completed and come on stream by the end of 2007 with the capacity of 100 000 t/a PO, 50 000 t/a polyether polyol and 100 000 t/a caustic soda.


KKPC Constructs First Production Base in China

Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (KKPC) has planned to set up its first overseas production base in Nanjing, Eastern China.
KKPC reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the president of China's Jiangsu GPRO Group Company (GPRO). A
50-50 joint venture between the two companies was established.

Roughly $50 million will be invested each by KKPC and GPRO to construct a 60,000 pyeong plant within Nanjing Chemical Industry Park (NCIP).
* a pyeong is
3.31 square metres
The plant is expected to be operational in 2008, and is forecasted to produce
80,000 tons of propylene oxide, 50,000 tons of polyptopylene glycol and 100,000 ton of caustic soda annually.

Polypropylene glycol, the main material for the polyurethane (PU) is used for refrigerator, automobile parts, roads and furniture, while propylene oxide and caustic soda are used to produce polyptopylene glycol.

To rapidly advance into the Chinese market, KKPC is currently considering constructing additional plants throughout China.

In Korea, KKPC operates a plant
in Ulsan(SK complex) which is said to produce 45,000 tons of polypropylene glycol per year.

Jiangsu GPRO Group was established in 1992 and has developed rapidly through acquisitions and mergers.

2008/6/30 Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX       blog

Korea Kumho Petrochemical sets up first overseas plant in China

Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co., a South Korean chemicals producer, said Sunday that it has completed the construction of its first overseas plant in China, which it says will help tap the rapidly growing Chinese market.

The factory will annually produce 50,000 tons of polypropylene glycol, used for shoes, furniture, auto parts and refrigerators. It will also churn out 80,000 tons of propylene oxide and 100,000 tons of caustic soda, materials used to produce polypropylene glycol, Korea Kumho Petrochemical said.

Platts 2006/11/16

China's Jinzhou Petrochemical to start-up new SM unit in Dec 2006
 (PetroChina 錦州石化)

China's Jinzhou Petrochemical Company was set to start up its 80,000 mt/year styrene monomer plant in Northeast China's Liaoning Province in early December 2006, a company source said late Thursday.
"Construction at the new SM plant was basically completed in early November and we should have commercial SM output by January 2007 if the plant runs smoothly," the source said.
The plant was built with an investment of Yuan 393.88-mil ($49.235-mil) and construction begun in August 2005.
Most of the company's SM product was expected to be sold into the East and South China domestic markets, said the source.
Jinzhou Petrochemical Company is one of the subsidiaries of China's state-owned oil and petrochemical company PetroChina.

2007-11-20 CCR

Jinzhou Petrochemical Starts up 80 000 T/A Styrene Unit

On November 4th 2007 the 80 000 t/a ethyl benzene-styrene unit of CNPC Jinzhou Petrochemical Company Ltd. was completed and went on stream in Jinzhou, Liaoning province.
遼寧省 錦州

With a total investment of RMB394 million and an area of 36 000 m2, the construction on the unit was started on August 23rd, 2005.

2006/11/17 China Chemical Reporter

Sinopec Corp. to Build Bio-energy Project

    On November 8th, 2006, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.) signed a Framework Agreement on Bio-energy with Chengdu Municipal Government of Sichuan province.
    Under the agreement, both parties intend to build a fuel alcohol project with a capacity of 600 000 t/a and a bio-diesel facility with a capacity of 100 000 t/a during 2006-2010, to meet energy demand in Sichuan province for the local oil demand is short of supply.
    Sichuan province has abundant batatas サツマイモ and jatrophasジャトロファ豆. The fuel alcohol project will use batata as raw materials and the bio-diesel unit will use jatropha as raw materials.

jatrophas Bio-energy Project


Platts 2006/11/20

China's Xinjiang Petroleum completes methanol plant test runs

China's Xinjiang Petroleum Administrative Bureau completed test runs at its new 200,000 mt/year methanol plant in Xinjiang, a company source said on Friday.

The plant is situated in Xinjiang Karamay (克拉瑪依)Petrochemical Industry Park of Northwest China, and is the first project entering the park, the source said.
Xinjiang Petroleum Administrative Bureau is asubsidiary of state-owned
China National Petroleum Corporation.

China Chemical Reporteer 2006/12/5

Methanol Expansion Project Starts up  新疆ウイグル自治区CNPC Tuha Oilfield Co

On November 26th, 2006, the 240 000 t/a methanol expansion project (from 80 000 t/a to 240 000 t/a) started up in CNPC Tuha Oilfield Co., Ltd. located in Turpan and Hami basins in the eastern part of Xinjiang新疆ウイグル自治区トゥルパン、ハミ. The existing capacity of methanol unit was 80 000 t/a. Starting from April 2005, the expansion project put into trial operation on October 10th, 2006. Qualified methanol product was produced on November 5th, 2006. The whole unit operated steadily today.
It is released that the total consumption amount of natural gas has decreased by 20% - 30% after expansion so that the stride development of the downstream products in Tuha Oilfield can be effectively promoted.

2006-11-20 China Chemical Reporter

Nanning Chemical to expand caustic soda unit

On November 9th, 2006, Nanning Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. announced that it plans to issue up to 70 million A Share in a non-open way at a price of less than RMB3.62 per share, and raise fund of approximately RMB250 million.
The raised fund intends to be used in expanding
100 000 t/a ion-membrane caustic soda phase II project, multi pole ion-membrane caustic soda electrolytic tank, the innovation of concentration process for salt solution, chlorine and hydrogen, as well as new thermoelectricity facility.

Asia Chemical Weekly 2006/11/24    CNPC Lanzhou's ethylene unit conducts intermediate handing-over

PetroChina Lanzhou starts up new ethylene project

Lanzhou Petrochemical Co. - a subsidiary of PetroChina, has started up its new ethylene project and produced on-spec products in Lanzhou city, Gansu Province.

Construction for this project was started in Q2 2005. Earlier, Lanzhou Petrochemical planned to build a new project with capacity of 360 000 tonne/year, while the plan was revised later and the new project is 450 000 tonne/year.

With total investment of around USD 788 million (RMB 6.3 billion), this project adds 450 000 tonne/year ethylene capacity and makes Lanzhou total ethylene capacity to 690 000 tonne/year. Besides this new one, Lanzhou Petrochemical has a 240 000 tonne/year cracker already.

Feedstock will be self-supplied by its refinery; Lanzhou Petrochemical has 10.5 million tonne/year refining capacity in existence.

The derivatives for the new cracker as follows:
 -All density PE (HDPE/LLDPE swing) 300 kt/a
 -LDPE 200 kt/a (Basell technology)
 -PP 300 kt/a (Basell technology)
 -Butadiene extraction 90 kt/a, and
 -Gasoline hydrogenation 340 kt/a*

 * The gasoline hydrogenation project includes 207.5 kt hydrogenated gasoline, 92.3 kt/a C5 product and 33 kt/a C9 product,
   with a total capacity around 333 kt/a. It is announced 340 kt/a.

PetroChina will sale the downstream products to midland and Southwest China market.

Also, the company has the plan to further expand ethylene capacity to 1 m tonne/year and refining capacity to 12 million tonne/year by 2010.

Chian Chemical Reporter 2006/12/1

COFCO Enters Bio-energy Business

BBCA Biochemical Co., Ltd. (BBCA Biochemical) announced on November 21st, 2006 that its shareholder Anhui BBCA Group, Anhui Bengbu Municipal Government and China National Cereals, Oils & Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) signed a Framework Agreement on November 20th. Under the agreement, three parties have agreed that COFCO or its appointed companies purchase 200 million shares in BBCA Biochemical from BBCA Group that owns 24.7% equity in BBCA Biochemical. Upon completion of the transaction, COFCO will acquire a 20.7% stake in BBCA Biochemical, while BBCA Group's interests in BBCA Biochemical will reduce to 3%.
COFCO will input capital to support and strengthen BBCA Biochemical's bio-energy and biochemical business.
Located in Bengbu, Anhui province
安徽省蚌埠, BBCA Biochemical engages in further processing of agricultural products through advanced bio-fermentation and modern chemical separation techniques to produce bio-energy and biomaterial. It is one of the manufacturers appointed by the state to produce fuel ethanol for ethanol gasoline, supplying fuel ethanol required in Anhui, Shandong, Jiangsu and Hebei. Due to the production of fuel ethanol and sodium glutamate, the company suffered a loss.
Headquartered in Beijing, COFCO is a leading cereals, oils and foodstuffs producer and trader in China, focusing on agricultural products trading, bio-energy developing, foodstuffs processing and real estate as well as finance services. Since promoting and using fuel ethanol in China, the company has a strong commitment to strengthen biochemical operation and also pledges to be the main provider and leader of bio-energy in China.

2006/12/7 Asia Chemical Weekly

Two Coal to Chemicals projects launched in Shaanxi

On early Nov. 2006, there are two Coal-to-Chemicals projects launched at Yuheng Industrial Park (
楡工業園) , Yulin, Shaanxi Province.

One is DMTO based coal-to-olefin industrial project invested by
Shaanxi Xinxing Coal Chemicals Co. (Xinxing), which includes a 600 000 tonne/year coal based methanol, a 600 000 tonne/year Methanal-to-Olefins by using the DMTO technology, 100 000 tonne/year PE and 100 000 tonne/year PP units.
  * DMTODimethyl Ether /Methanol to Olefin) technology developed by Dalian Institute of Chemistry and Physics (DICP), CAS

This is the first stage project of Xinxing, with investment of around USD 625 million (RMB 5 billion), it is expected to start up in 2009. Totally, Xinxing planned to invest USD 2.75 billion (RMB 22 billion) for a 3 million tonne/year methanol-to-olefins project.

Another is the coal based methanol project invested by Zhonghua Yiye (
中化益業) Energy Investment Co. (Zhonghua Yiye). It includes 600 000 tonne/year methanol by using GE's gasification technology (former Texaco technology), and a thermal-power station.

With investment of around USD 287.5 million (RMB 2.3 billion), this is also the first stage project of Zhonghua Yiye, and it is scheduled to start up in 2009. The company will eventually build total 2.4 million tonne/year of methanol and 800 000 tonne/year of olefins at the site.

Zhonghua Yiye is a jv between Hong Kong based Benefit Sales investment company and China National Chemical Engineering Group Corp (CNCEC). CNCEC is a major chemical engineering and construction firm in China.

2006/12/13  Asia Chemical Weekly

Sinopec plans gas based MTO project in Sichuan

On early Dec., Sinopec has signed a letter of intent with the Dazhou municipal government, to build a mega-methanol and large scale methanol-to-olefins (MTO) project in Dazhou (
達州) city, Sichuan province.

Different with coal based methanol and MTO projects in China, this proposed project will be
based on natural gas. Given there is a huge gas field named as Puguang (普光) in Dazhou, which is owned by Sinopec.

The project will have investment of around USD 1 billion (RMB 8 billlion), capacities include 1.8 million tonne/year gas based methanol and 600,000 tonne/year of olefins (ethylene and propylene). Sinopec aims to start work on the project in 2007, while the exact dates for kickoff and startup are not clear yet.

Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP), a subsidiary of Sinopec, is researching and developing MTO technology. So, Sinopec is inclined to use the self-developed MTO technology; while
DICP's DMTO should be another choice.

The proven gas reserves of Puguang gas field is more than 350 billion cbm. In the coming years, according to Sinopec, it will invest more than USD 8.75 billion (RMB 70 billion) to exploit and utilize the natural gas resources in Sichuan province.

2006/12/18 Asia Chemical Weekly

NDRC approved Shenhua MTO project in Baotou

Recently, NDRC has given the final approval to Shenhua
神華集団 for its large scale methanol and MTO project in Baotou, Inner Mongolia 内蒙古自治区包頭市.

With total investment of is around USD 1.55 billion (RMB 12.4 billion), the project includes
1.8 million ton coal-based methanol, 600,000 ton MTO, 300,000 ton PE and 300,000 ton of PP.

The methanol to olefins project will use DMTO technology, which is jointly developed by Shaanxi Xinxing Coal Chemical Co., SINOPEC Luoyang Engineering Co., and Dalian Institute of Chemical and Physics (DICP) of CAS

The project is operated by Baotou Shenhua Coal Chemical Company
包頭神華石炭化学, which is a 76:24 jv of Shenhua Group and Shanghai Huayi Group上海華誼集団公司. It is scheduled to start up in 2010.

On 28 Oct, 2005, Shenhua Group has broke ground for this project. While after then, the investors changed, Shanghai-listed Baotou Tomorrow Technology Company exit, and it was replaced by Shanghai Huayi. Also, at that time, the expected licenser of MTO technology is UOP, while finally Shenhua chose the DMTO technology from DICP, CAS for this project.

本計画は2005年8月に、神華集団が包頭でのCoal-to-Olefins (CTO)計画の一次認可を受けた。計画は石炭からメタノールを生産し、メタノールからオレフィンを生産するものであった。

同社は200510月に先ず、180万トンのCoal to Methanol 計画の承認を受け、建設を開始した。MTO計画については未承認のままで、とりあえず、UOP技術を導入する覚書を締結した。

当時の提携先はKerry Group Baotou Tomorrow Technology Co (包頭明天科技)であった。その後、後者が撤退し、代わりに上海華誼集団公司が参加した。更に、政府が外国企業の投資を望まないことから、Kerryも離脱した。



なお、以前のパートナーのKerry Group はマレーシアの華僑 Robert Kuok(郭鶴年)の会社で、アジアで幅広く農園、食品、ホテル、不動産等の事業を行っている。


神華集団とダウは200410月に、共同で中国でのCoal-to-Olefin 事業実施のFSを行うと発表している。


The Kerry Group is a multi-billion pound conglomerate controlled by Malaysian Chinese businessman Robert Kuok郭鶴年, with interests in hotels, property, media, and food stuffs across Asia. The Kerry Group is the controlling shareholder of three listed companies in Hong Kong: Shangri-La, the Asian luxury hotel chain; Kerry Properties; and South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English newspaper.
In addition to holdings in listed companies, the Kerry Group also has substantial unlisted businesses, including an edible oils business in China; a regional logistics and warehousing business; and palm oil and sugar plantations and refineries in Southeast Asia. Kerry is Coca-Cola's bottling partner in several territories in China.



中国海洋石油、イランと天然ガスで提携 160億ドル

CNOOC)はこのほどイランと、総額160億ドルに上る液化天然ガス事業の協力了解覚書に調印した。覚書に基づき、海洋石油はイランのノースパースガス田(North Pars) 開発やガス輸送設備の建設を進め、液化天然ガスを中国に輸入する。北京の日刊紙「京華時報」が伝えた。


2006年12月25日 朝日新聞




Dow Jones Newswires    December 20, 2006

Iran and China's CNOOC Sign $16 Billion Gas Deal

North Pars is estimated to have some 48 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Iranian oil official said that of the $16 billion cost of the development, $5 billion will be spent on the upstream and the balance on the downstream development of the field. The development will be made over an eight-year time span.

Iran currently has no LNG facilities and their development in the country has been hobbled by U.S. sanctions slapped on Iran several years ago. Most LNG plants globally use processes developed by U.S. companies.

South Pars is believed to contain at least 280 trillion cubic feet and over 17 billion barrels of liquids reserves. Sales from South Pars are currently expected to earn Iran around $11 billion a year over the next three decades, according to Iranian oil ministry data cited by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

イラン: 中国とエネルギー関連MOU調印、LNGプロジェクトの早期実現目指す


A イランはこれの見返りとして、
B イランと中国は、
Bandar Abbas地域にコンデンセート製油所(精製能力3035b/d)を建設することに合意する。投資規模は15億ドル、建設期間は約3年間。

2005/1/7 The Hindu

India, Iran reach pact for LNG supply

India has tied up with Iran for supply of 7.5 million tonnes annually of liquefied natural gas for 25 years as part of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries through several agreements inked today. The supplies are likely to start in 2009.

Under the agreement, Iran will supply the LNG at $1.2 plus $0.0625 of Brent per million British thermal unit (mBtu). Tehran has also agreed to give India 20 per cent stake in the development of its biggest onshore oilfield, Yadavaran.

State-run Indian Oil Corporation and Iranian firm Petropars will by February 28 submit a plan to develop a gas block in the gigantic South Pars gas field of Iran and sell LNG from it. It is planned to set up LNG liquefaction facilities with a capacity of nine million tonnes annually. The project is estimated to cost $3.2 billion.

December 02, 2006  Reuters

Iran signs LNG export deal with CNPC

China signed a deal to purchase
3 million tonnes per year of Iran's Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) for a 25-year period, state television reported.

Malaysia's Petronas and France's Total hold the stakes of Iran's Pars LNG project. Total announced in September it will start development of Iran's South Pars LNG II project in 2011.

'Iran's National Gas Export Company (NIGEC) and China's Petro China signed a deal to purchase 3 million tonnes of LNG,' state television said.

'The price of the LNG will be calculated according to crude oil prices,' state television quoted Nosratollah Seifi, the director of NIGEC as saying.

'The executive phases of this project will begin early next year (beginning March 2007),' Seifi was quoted by the state television as saying.

Petro China is an affiliate of China's National Petroleum Company (CNPC).

SHANA, Iranian oil ministry's official Web site, reported that the NIGEC-Petro China deal, signed on November 28, included exports of 3 million tonnes of LNG per year for a 25-year period.

JOGMEC 2005/1/11

Pars LNG    http://oilresearch.jogmec.go.jp/information/pdf/2004/0501_out_f_ir_india_lng_yadavaran.pdf

Total(仏)とPetronas(マレーシア)は200412月、NIOCとの間で、イランでLNG液化トレーンを建設するPars LNG'プロジェクトおよび関連する上流開発を進めるための枠組み合意(framework agreement)に調印した。LNGプロジェクト実施に向けての必要事項とスケジュールを定めたものであり、今後LNG設備建設と上流開発の双方についてFSを実施し、1年後に最終的な投資決定を行う。
3社は昨年2月、LNG事業の合弁会社‘Pars LNG'を、NIOC 50%、Total 30%、Petronas 20%の出資比率で設立することで合意したが、今回の合意で、上流についても、South Parsガス開発のフェーズ11を対象に、Total60%)、Petronas40%)が開発を行うことが決定した。

9月、RD/ShellとスペインRepsol-YPFNIOCと、‘Persian LNG'プロジェクト実施に関する枠組み合意に調印した。LNG液化トレーンの建設(NIOC50%Shell 25%Repsol 25%) およびSouth Parsガス田フェーズ13の開発(ShellRepsol50%)に関して合意したものであり、2年以内に最終的な方針を決定する予定である。

LNGは、NIOC100%)が進める'NIOC LNG'プロジェクトで生産される予定である。現時点ではNIOC単独のプロジェクトであるが、同社はLNGプロジェクトの経験やノウハウを有しておらず、今後、外資が参入する可能性が高い。これまで、BGが参加を検討と伝えられたほか、上流のSouth Parsガス田開発フェーズ12には、Eni参加の可能性が報道されている。

1 イランのLNGプロジェクトの動向

名称 対象ガス田 参加企業 総投資額 生産能力 備考
NIOC LNG South Pars
NIOC100%) 10億ドル 9001000t/
・ 現状NIOC100%のプロジェクトだが、これまで、BG、Eni(上流)が参加の見通しとの報道あり。
200410月、IOC(印)がPetropars(イラン)と、South Pars上流開発およびLNG液化プラント建設参加で合意(総投資額30億ドル規模)。
Pars LNG South Pars
20億ドル 800t/
・ 生産能力は
Persian LNG South Pars
Shell (25%)
30-40億ドル 700800t/
LNGプラントはShell独自のDMR液化技術により建設。Bandar TonbakAssaluyehの北70km)に建設予定。
Iran LNG South Pars NIOC50%)、
n.a. 1,000t/
・ 他の3プロジェクトと同様、FSは実施するも、具体的な進展なし。

・ 「生産能力」は報道によりばらつきがあるが、ここでは


2006/12/26 Asia Chemical Weekly

Sinopec and Garson start up SM jv project in Hainan     既報

In Oct., 2006, Sinopec and Garson have started up their 50:50 jv SM project and produced on-spec product at Yangpu Economic Development Zone, Hainan province.

The project started construction in Apr. 2005. With total investment of around USD 49 million (RMB 390 million), the commissioned project has SM capacity of 80,000 ton/year, and it also includes ethylbenzene production unit and other facilities. It is operated by the jv of Sinopec and Garson in Hainan, which named as Hainan Shihua Garson Chemical Co Ltd.

Feedstock will be sourced from the nearby refinery ? Sinopec Hainan Refining Chemical Company (HRCC). HRCC has started up an 8 million ton/year refinery earlier; it will supply benzene feedstock with ethylene being extracted from the off-gas of the refinery.

The SM product will supply to the Garson EPS plant in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province. Garson operates two EPS lines with a total capacity of around 150,000 ton/year, and it also plans to add a third line of 60,000-80,000 ton/year. Currently, Garson partly imports SM from the suppliers of Japan and South Korea for its EPS plant in Jiangyin; the startup of new project will reduce the feedstock imports.

Also, Garson associates with Norway based chemical Logistics services provider Odfjell, are building a jv chemical terminal in Jiangyin Economic Development Zone, Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province. The terminal is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, in the first phase, it will have two 50 000 dwt berths, and 100 000 cbm of chemical storage capacity.

Sinopecと江蘇省江陰市の江陰嘉盛化工(Garson) 50/50の合弁会社、海南実華嘉盛化工(Hainan Shihua Garson Chemical )の新しいSMプラントと原料エチルベンゼンプラントは10月に完成、11月中旬から順調に生産を行っている。

原料は隣接するSinopecの製油所の Hainan Refining Chemical Company (HRCC)から供給している。HRCC はこれより前に800万トンの製油所を完成させている。


Garsonでは別途、ノルウエーの化学品物流会社 Odfjell とのJV、Odfjell Garson (Odfjell 55%、Garson 45%)を設立し、江陰市の江蘇経済開発区にケミカルターミナルを建設している。第1期として、50 000 dwt バース と100 000 cbm タンクを建設している。



日本経済新聞 2006/12/28



   参考  94.15億元

日本経済新聞 2006/12/29

DME 東洋エンジ、最大プラント中国で受注 年産100万トン

(DME)で、中国の石油化学大手、瀘天化集団 Lutianhua Corporation が計画している世界最大の製造プラントを近く受注する。設備は年産100万トン規模で総事業費は800億ー1000億円、東洋エンジの受注額は最大で100億円程度の見込み。



China Chemical Reporter 2007/1/9           BBCA

BBCA Biochemical MEG Project Kicks off

On December 28th, 2006 construction was started on the 180 000 t/a monoethylene glycol (MEG) project in BBCA (Suzhou) Biochemical Company Ltd. located in Suzhou, Anhui province. With a total investment of RMB1.318 billion, the MEG project need 600 000 tons of corn per year. Adopting advanced technologies and making use of starches as raw materials, it is a demonstrative project for manufacturing petrochemicals to substitute petroleum with bright product prospect. After completion, the project will help the company realize its annual sales revenue of RMB1.8 billion.

2007/1/17 Asia Chemical Weekly

China BBCA starts construction for Bio-MEG project in Anhui

On 28, Dec. 2006, Anhui BBCA (
安徽豐原) Biochemical company (BBCA Biochem) has started construction for its bio-based MEG project in Suzhou (宿州), Anhui Province.

With total investment of around USD 170 million (RMB 1.32 billion), the project has MEG capacity of 180 000 t/a. It uses corn or cassava
(タピオカ)as raw materials through biochemical routine to produce methanol, and then ethylene and finally MEG. This project will consume 600 000 ton of corn per year. It will take around one year and a half to build this project, so it is expected to start up in 2008.

BBCA Biochem produces 440 000 t/a fuel ethanol and operates a 20 000 t/a bio-EO unit. Currently, the company is still a subsidiary of BBCA Group. BBCA Group is large-scale biochemistry manufacturer that focuses on Bio-energy, biomaterial and biological pharmacy.

The company may become a subsidiary of China National Cereals, Oils & Foodstuff Corp (COFCO
中国糧油食品集団) in the coming future, as COFCO has signed a framework agreement with BBCA Group to buy 20.74% stake in BBCA Biochemical. The deal is waiting for approval from the government.

As the development of PET production, over the past few years, China imported lots of MEG to make up the market shortage. In China, the import of MEG was 3.39 million ton in 2004, 4 million in 2005, and it maybe reached 4.1 million ton in 2006.


BBCA Group is large-scale biochemistry manufacturer. Its development direction focus on Bio-energy, biomaterial and biological pharmacy,with a staff of 19,200, it consists essentially of seven major production enterprises plus a The National Engineering Research Center of Fermentation Technology. The seven major production enterprises are:
BBCA Biochemical
BBCA Pharmaceutical
Suzhou Biochemical (Bio-Ethylene)
Jiangshan Pharmaceutical (VC)
BBCA Edible Oil and
BBCA Gelatin.

In 2005, BBCA Group realized total sales revenue of RMB6.5 billion. All the products from BBCA have been provided to international famous food , pharmacy , beverage , scour ,precise chemical industry and cosmetic enterprises for a long time.

BBCA Biochemical is the core enterprise of BBCA Group, being engaged mainly in further processing of agricultural products by using advanced bio-fermentation and modern chemical separation techniques to produce bio-energy and biomaterial.
The major products includes
1) Food additives: citric acid & its derivatives, L-lactic acid & its derivatives, MSG, starch sugar etc;
2) Feed additives: lysine & its salts, corn gluten powder etc;
3) Bio-energy: fuel ethanol, bio-diesel etc;
4) Biochemical products range: bio-ethylene & its derivatives, poly lactic acid (PLA) bio-degradable plastics, poly lactic acid polymer fiber fabrics etc.

BBCA Biochemical is the unique fuel ethanol producer authorized by the Government in the east region of China.
BBCA will be responsible for the supply of fuel ethanol in Anhui,Shandong,JiangSu and Hebei provinces. The capacity of 440,000 tons/year

BBCA Pharmaceutical has 38 production lines which are up to GMP standard, and in possession of two new medicines of Class One, more than 70 new medicines of Class Two and Three. And the total kinds of western medicine and Chinese traditional medicines are around 360.
And the products has six categories and hundreds of varieties, including medicine for allaying a fever and easing pain, antibiotic, medicine of tumor prevention, preparation of Chinese traditional medicines, cardiovascular drug, nervous system drug etc.

BBCA Food's products includes biscuits, confectionary, coarse fiber puffed foods, natural vegetable protein and cereal breakfast, jelly, lemonade and so on.
The product lines include biscuits, confectionary, coarse fiber puffed foods, natural vegetable protein and cereal breakfast, jelly, lemonade and so on. At present, BBCA food has 5,000mt/year cereal breakfast producing capacities, 30,000mt/year concentrated pear juice capacities, and so on.

BBCA (Suzhou) Biochemical is the first liner, producing Ethene, Ethylene Oxide, Glycol with the capacity 20,000MT/year which is made from corn and the other starchiness material. Suzhou Biochemical is built up and put into production in Nov 2004, being as high-tech Biochemical enterprise.The production liner already become the former of Ethene liner in China.

BBCA Edible Oil
With the cutting-edge oil material processing equipment and testing apparatus, BBCA Edible Oil relies on BBCA Group' strong strength and itself geographical advantage and utilizes traditional squeeze technique to produce high quality edible oils including, corn embryo, rapeseeds, peanuts and soya beans. the processing and production capacity of oil materials has reached 600,000 mt/y as well as 180,000mt edible oil products /year including corn embryo, rapeseeds, peanuts and soya beans, etc.

BBCA Gelatin Company has gelatin and bone glue series products with secondly producing capacity in China. The main products include medical gelatin, edible gelatin and photo gelatin etc.

Jiangsu Jiangshan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (Jiangshan Pharma), a large pharmaceutical enterprise, was founded in 1990, jointly invested by Jiangsu Worldbest Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Jiangsu Medicines-health Products Imp&Exp (Group) Corporation, Resistor Technology Limited, Expert Assets Limited and Jingjiang Xinlan Biochemical Co., Ltd, with a registered capital of USD26,06 million and total investment of USD49,80 million.
Jiangshan Pharma mainly manufactures and markets Vitamin C, VC series of products, medicines and health products, among which the capacity of Vitamin C ranks top worldwide, making the company one of the global leading Vitamin C manufacurers.

June 26, 2005
Anhui BBCA Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd announced on June 9 that the company had signed a "transfer agreement" in Hefei with Anhui BBCA Group and Jiangsu Zhonglian International Development Group Co., Ltd.
BBCA Pharmaceutical will use RMB166.619 million
to purchase 100% equity and related liabilities held by Zhonglian International Development Group Co., Ltd. at the request of BBCA Group in Resistor Technology Limited (RT Co., Ltd.).
RT Co., Ltd. is the overseas shareholder in Jiangsu Jiangshan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

The deep processing capacity has reached to 3.6 million mt/year on agricultural products under the development of past ten years. Products are mainly used in food additives; feed additives, detergent, fine chemical, pharmaceutical raw material industries etc. At present, due to the shortage of un-regenerated resource as petroleum and the requirements of agricultural development, BBCA Group takes the advantage of own bio-technology to stress development of bio-material such as corn, cassava, sorgo, stalk etc) to produce fuel alcohol, bio-ethene and its ramification, fibre-polyester, degradable plastic, nontoxic plastic and paint solvent ect, and most of products mentioned above can replace petroleum chemical products.


China's BBCA group interested in producing ethanol in Brazil

Chinese group BBCA, which has headquarters in Anhui province, is interested in producing sugar cane ethanol in Brazil, an official told Macauhub Thursday.

The director of the industrial business center (CIN) of Rio de Janeiro, Amaury Temporal said that the Chinese group planned to buy an area to grow sugar cane.

Currently BBCA produces ethanol from maize, through Suzhou Biochemical, one of the six divisions of BBCA, and one of China's main chemical product manufacturers.

BBCA also controls the divisions BBCA Biochemical, BBCA Pharmaceutical, BBCA Food, Jiangshan Pharmaceutical (VC) and BBCA Gelatin, as well as a research center.

Last year total sales at BBCA were around US$6.5 billion.

Brazil is currently the world's largest producer of ethanol from sugar cane, and exports of the product are expected to total some 250,000 cubic meters this year.

China Chemical Reporter 2007/1/9

ChemChina Joins Hands with Guangyuanfa

On January 2nd, 2007, China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) signed an agreement with Qingdao Guangyuanfa Group, on forming a joint venture (JV) Qingdao Anbang Petrochemical Co., Ltd.
Under the agreement, Guangyuanfa Group incorporates its five subsidiaries into the new JV and hold 33% equity. They are Guangyuanfa Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Lufa Asphalt Co., Ltd., Chengyang District Petroleum Co., Ltd., Penglai Luanjiakou Oil Port Co., Ltd. and Penglai Asphalt Co., Ltd.
ChemChina's subsidiary ChemChina Petroleum & Gas Corporation enters the new JV as warrantor and ChemChina acquires 67% interests in the new JV.

China Chemical Reporter 2007/1/11           PetroChina/Sinopec JV

PetroChina Breaks Ground on Refining Project

On December 30th, 2006 PetroChina Company Limited announced a groundbreaking for a new refining project with a 10 million tons per year capacity in Qinzhou city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Southwest China.広西壮族(チワン族)自治区欽洲市
With a single set confignration, it comprises of ten large-scale main installations which include a 10 million ton per year atmospheric vacuum unit and the projects comprising of an oil wharf and tank farm. The main installations boast the largest in China.
Upon completion, the new plant will provide 7.6 million tons per year of refined product oil, LPG, polypropylene and other petrochemicals to southwest China market.

August 21, 2006 Dow Jones Energy Service

PetroChina, Sinopec To Collaborate On Key Refinery

PetroChina Co. is expected to join forces with China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. or Sinopec, to build a large oil refinery in China's southwest by 2010, in what would be the first collaboration between the country's top two oil companies.

The two state-owned oil giants had previously planned to independently build their own refineries in southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, but the Chinese government, concerned about overcapacity and overinvestment, intervened.

"The central government has directed the two companies to jointly build the refinery, with 70% of investment from PetroChina and 30% from Sinopec," an industry official familiar with the matter told Dow Jones Newswires recently.

The refinery, to be built in the coastal city of Qinzhou, will have an annual output capacity of 10 million metric tons. Estimated to cost around CNY10 billion ($1.25 billion), it will process crude oil from Sudan where China National Petroleum Corp., the parent company of PetroChina, has a number of assets.

2006/12/22 JOGMEC



2006 年、スーダンでは Palogue 油田、Thar Jath 油田などが相次いで生産を開始した。
同国の原油生産量は、2005 年末の 38 万バレル/日から、2006 年には約50 万バレル/日に増加する見通しである。
CNPC(中国)や Petronas(マレーシア)、ONGC(インド)などアジアの国営石油会社である。3 社は油田の探鉱開発のみならず、製油所や原油パイプラインの建設も手がけており、3 社がスーダンの石油産業を支えていると言っても過言ではない。


January 19, 2007 UOP

UOP Selected by PetroChina for New Aromatics Project
New Complex to Include World's Largest Para-xylene Production Plant

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that PetroChina Company Ltd., a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), has selected UOP to supply technology, basic engineering services and equipment for an aromatics project to be installed at PetroChina's
Urumqi facility.

The new plant will produce
one million metric tons per annum of para-xylene and will include the largest-capacity, single-train adsorption unit for para-xylene production in the world. The ParexTM process will be used for the adsorption unit. Para-xylene is a key ingredient in the production of PTA (purified terephthalic acid), which is used to make polyester for fabric and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) chips for carbonated soft drink and water bottles. The new plant will also produce 360 thousand metric tons per annum of benzene.

This will be the second aromatics complex UOP has designed for PetroChina's subsidiary,
the Urumqi Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (UPC). UPC started up the first aromatics complex in western China in 1995, which contained units using the Parex, Isomar, and TatorayTM processes designed and licensed by UOP. Globally, UOP has licensed more than 725 individual process units for the production of aromatics.

2007/1/22 Asia Chemical Weekly

Xuzhou Luheng kicks off mega methanol project in Jiangsu

On late 2006, Luheng Energy and Chemical Engineering Ltd. (Luheng Energy) kicked off its large-scale methanol project in Peixian (Aa?h), Xuzhou City
徐州市沛県, Jiangsu Province.

With total investment of USD 890 million (RMB 6.92 billion), the project has planned total
methanol capacity of 1500 000 t/a. It also includes Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) facility.

Integrated Coal Gasification Combined Cycle:石炭を高温高圧のガス化炉で可燃性ガスに転換し、そのガスを燃料としてガスタービンと蒸気タービンによる複合発電を行うシステム

In the first stage, the company invests around USD 450 million (RMB 3.47 billion), to build a 760 000 t/a methanol plant and a 120 MW IGCC power facility. It is expected to start up by 2009. In the second stage, the methanol capacity will be expanded to 1500 000 t/a by 2011.

The coal based project uses gasification and liquid phase synthesis process, and the gasification technology is sourced from GE Energy (former Texaco Gasification), and liquid phase synthesis process is licensed from Air Product. GE Energy will also provide technology for the IGCC power unit.

The Xuzhou government is planning a Coal Chemical Park in the same site, and a 1 million t/a DME project is also considered for the purpose of developing methanol downstream industry.

China Chemical Reporter 2007/1/25

Liquid-Phase Methanol Project Kicks off

Construction was recently started on a 1.5 million t/a
liquid-phase methanol and IGCC project with a total investment of RMB6.92 billion in Economic Development Zone of Pei county, Xuzhou, Jiangsu province. It indicates the start of the only coal chemical industry park in the province.
The project is funded by Hong Kong Luheng Energy Co., Ltd. and uses the world's most advanced technologies for coal gasification, liquid-phase methanol synthesis and IGCC power generation. The first-phase investment is RMB3.47 billion and the construction period is 3 years. A capacity of 1.5 million t/a liquid-phase methanol can be formed in 5 years. The plant area planned today is 10 km2.

2007/1/22 China Chemical Reporter

Petrochina and SFA Sign Agreement

On January 11th, 2007, PetroChina Company Limited announces that it has entered into a Framework Agreement with the State Forestry Administration (SFA), on the development of forest bio-fuel. Under the agreement, both parties will officially start to construct the first batch of tree breeding bases for bio-fuel in Yunnan province and Sichuan province.
As an essential part of China's alternate energy strategy, the development of bio-fuel based forest offers an potential in the energy resources and enjoys the sustainable growth of economy and protection of ecological environment. PetroChina and the SFA will work hand in hand in the cultivation and development of forest bio-fuel resources, and contribute to China's energy resources and ecological development.
PetroChina, a largest oil and gas producer and supplier in China, is pledged to work on the development of renewable energy. The agreement is another step forward in its strategy to develop the bio-fuel resources.
By the end of 2010, PetroChina plans to build
ethanol project with a capacity of approximately 2 million t/a based non-grain, accounting for more than 40% of the national total, and construct bio-diesel commercial facility with a capacity of 200 000 t/a based forest as well as support the establishment of raw material bases with a area of 400 000 hectares for bio-fuel.
At the same time, PetroChina and SFA will jointly set up China Green Carbon Foundation, for promoting tree planting, carbon dioxide emission reduction and the improvement of ecological environment as well as easing the global climate change.

2007/1/23 Asia Chemical Weekly

Gaoqiao Petchem starts up ABS project in SCIP

Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical Co. (Gaoqiao Petrochem), a subsidiary of Sinopec, has started up its 200 000 t/a ABS project at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), Caojing, Shanghai. It has produced on-spec product On 18 Jan.

Gaoqiao Petrochem broken ground its 200 000 tonne/year ABS and 100 000 t/a SBR projects in Dec. 2004. The SBR project has commissioned earlier.

The ABS project has total investment of USD around 200 million (RMB1580 million). Using Dow Chemical's polymerization technology, it comprised of three production lines and with the maximum capacity of 75 000 t/a for each.

The feedstock are sourced from SECCO, which is running a 900 000 year ethylene complex in SCIP. SECCO has 90 000 t/a Butadiene and 500 000 t/a SM, as well as 260 000 t/a ACN capacity.

China imported 1.96 million ton ABS in 2004 and 1.99 million ton in 2005. In 2006 the imports of ABS will be reached to 2 million.

China Chemical Reporter 2007/1/24

Israel Chemicals and Taizhou Bailly Form JV

On January 19th, 2007 Taizhou Bailly Chemical Co., Ltd.泰州百力化学有限公司and Israel Chemicals Ltd. held a signing ceremony for forming a joint venture (JV) Taixing Like Company Ltd.
The new JV has an investment of US$50 million, between
Israel Chemical (60%) and Taizhou Bailly Chemical (40%).
The first phase of the facility is scheduled for startup by the end of 2007, and will produce
5 000 tons of decabromo-diphenyl-ethane per year臭素系難燃剤, 1 500 tons of diphenylethane per year, 8 000 tons of hydrobromic acid per year 臭化水素酸and 500 tons of melamine cyanurate (MCA) per year, with an initial investment of US$15 million. The second phase will be completed and put on stream in 2008 while the third phase completed in 2009.

Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL)
ICL is a global group engaged in the development manufacture and marketing of fertilizers, industrial products, performance products and metallurgy.

Ownership Structure
ICL is a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The Israel Corporation, a public company controlled by the Ofer
  Group, is the main shareholder (approximately 52.14 percent). The remaining equity is held by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (approximately 10 percent), institutional investors and the general public.

A major player on world markets, ICL through its subsidiaries, accounts for:
35 percent of world bromine production;
11 percent of world potash production, and 13% of international potash trade (excluding the cross-border trade between the US and Canada); カリ
9 percent of western world primary magnesium consumption;
3 percent of world phosphate rock production, 3 percent of international phosphate rock trade (excluding the cross-border trade between the US and Canada);
One of the world
s most integrated manufacturers and suppliers of phosphate products.
s operations also make it a leading supplier of fertilizers in Europe and a major player in numerous specialty chemical market segments. In Israel, ICL is the leading supplier of fertilizers.

China Chemical Reporter 2007/1/23

Coal Chemical Project Conducts Ignition

The 1.0 million t/a coal chemical project in Wulan
烏蘭 funded by Qinghai Qinghua Co., Ltd. conducted ignition in Chahannuo Qinghua Coal Chemical Industry Park located in Wulan county, Qinghai province 青海省 on January 9th, 2007. An investment of RMB878 million is already completed in the first phase. Construction was also started on a 3.0 million t/a coal washing plant on the same day.
The project is based on rich
coal and salt-lake resources in Qinghai province and construction was started on January 8th, 2006. As a leading project in a series of resources development projects in the company, the project plans to have a total investment of around RMB2.5 billion. It includes a 2.0 million t/a coking unit, a 200 000 t/a coke-oven gas methanol synthesis unit, a 3.0 million t/a clean coal washing plant and a 100 000 t/a coal tar unit. After the completion of these units, the company will expand the capacity of the coking unit to 3.0 million t/a to further promote the integrated development of the coal chemical sector and the salt chemical sector. 70% of coal resources needed in the project come from the Muli Coal Mine.


2007/1/9 Basell

Liaoning Huajin selects Basell's Spheripol technology for new 250 kt/a PP plant in China   盤錦エチレン

Liaoning Huajin Chemical (Group) Corporation has selected Basell's Spheripol technology for a new 250 KT per year polypropylene plant it plans to build in Panjin, Liaoning Province in the People's Republic of China. Start-up is expected in 2009.

"The Spheripol process is the most widely used polypropylene technology in the world, with more than 18.5 million tonnes of licensed capacity and we are pleased that the largest chemical group in Liaoning province has joined the extensive list of Spheripol process licensees," said Just Jansz, president of Basell's Technology Business.

He added, "In the highly competitive polypropylene market, the superior product range, and cost-effectiveness of the Spheripol process continue to have a major impact in our industry. The Spheripol process offers licensees an elegant and economical method of producing a wide range of polypropylene products. Through the refinement of bulk liquid and gas-phase polymerization reactors this technology includes features that reduce both resource consumption and emissions from process."

2007/2/5 Asia Chemical Weekly

Hualian Sunshine starts up third PTA project in Zhejiang 浙江省紹興市

On Jan. 28, Hualian Sunshine PetroChemical Co. (浙江華聯サンシャイン石化) has started its third PTA project in Shaoxing , Zhejiang Province.

Using Invista technology, the new commissioned project has PTA capacity of 600,000 t/a. It is in trial running and expected to begin commercial production in the coming days. So far, the total PTA capacity of Hualian Sunshine reached to 1.8 million t/a.

In existence, Hualian Sunshine has operated two terephthalic acid plants with total annual capacity of 1.2 million ton at the same site.
The first 600,000 t/a plant commissioned in 2005, using Eastman proprietary terephthalic acid (EPTA). The second 600,000 t/a facility came on-stream in Q3 2006, using Invista PTA technology. Comparing to PTA product, EPTA has production cost competitiveness, while PTA has premium-quality than EPTA.

Hualian Sunshine is jointly owned by three Chinese partners. Shenzhen-based China Union Holdings Ltd.
(深セン華聯) holds 51% share of Hualian Sunshine, while Zhejiang Jiabaili Textile Industry(浙江加佰利紡績) and Shaoxing Zhanwang Enterprise Group (浙江展望産業集団)hold 24.5% each.

China imported 5.72 million ton PTA in 2004, 6.49 million ton in 2005 and 7.00 million ton PTA in 2006.


PTA output, capacity and consumption of China (2007.2.4 estimate  kt)

  Output Import Capacity Consumption
2004 4600 5700 6000 10300
2005 5560 6490 6600 12050
2006 6400 7000 8800 13400
2007 9000 6000 12700 15000

2005/6/16 Asia Chemical Weekly's estimate for 2007
   Capacity 18,400
   Output  14,000
   Consumption 15,300

The last time forecast was too optimistic for the capacity growth in China.
In fact, some planned projects are postponed and other constructing projects are delayed. The reasons include environment safety, technology and the shortage of capitals etc. So, the forecasted imports are around 6000 kt in 2007.
Besides the
 reasons mentioned in the last email, the PX feedstock is another important factor to impact the PTA projects in the future in China. As the growth in capacity, PX would be the next bottleneck in the Chemical fiber industrial chain. (PX-PTA-PET)   For example, Hualian Sunshine delayed the starts-up date for the sake of PX feedstock, and Xianglu Petrochemical start the planning for back integration for PTA by constructing PX project in Xiamen.

Furthermore, the government should control the investment of PTA in the coming years for the sake of oversupply risks.

Top 10 PTA producer in China (As of 2007.2.1)

Producer Location Capacity

Hualian Sunshine



Xianglu Petrochem



Sinopec Yangzi Petrochem



Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fiber



Yisheng Petrochem



Oriental Petrochemical



Mitsuishi Chemical



BP Zhuhai



Sinopec Shanghai Petrochem



Sinopec Luoyang Petrochem



 In Nov. 2006, Yisheng Dahua (a jv between Yisheng and Dahua) has start construction for a 500,000tpa PTA project in Dalian.

On 17 July 2005, Jiangsu Hailun Chemical Co. started the construction for its 600 kt/a PTA project in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province.
The total investment for the PTA project is USD 600 million, and the project is expected to be commissioned by H2 of 2007.

  →Hailun PTA project in Jiangyin is expected to be delayed as it is not going smoothly (maybe the problem of capitals).