November 20, 2019 / 5:18 AM / 3 months ago

Sinopec to launch $5.7 bln S.China refinery in Q2 2020, seek Kuwaiti oil -sources

SINGAPORE, Nov 20 (Reuters) - China’s Sinopec Corp is set to launch a new $5.7 billion refining and petrochemical complex in the south of the country in second-quarter 2020 using crude oil from Kuwait as a key feedstock, industry officials with knowledge of the matter said.

The project being developed by Asia’s top refiner, a 200,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) plant in Zhanjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong province, will become the third greenfield refinery-petrochemical complex to be built in China within a space of two years.

Sinopec is seeking to finalise a crude oil supply deal that will help boost Kuwait’s oil sales to China to a record of nearly 600,000 bpd next year, the sources said. They declined to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to media.

The 40 billion yuan ($5.69 billion) complex comes on the heels of two privately invested mega-refineries - Hengli Petrochemical and Zhejiang Petrochemical Corp - that have piled onto an over-supplied domestic fuel market where demand for transportation fuels slowed and China’s fuel exports soared.

Sinopec did not respond to a request for comment.

The refinery is slated for start-up in April, followed by an ethylene plant in June next year, said one official briefed on the progress of the plant, located on Donghai island, Zhanjiang.

$1 = 7.0257 Chinese yuan renminbi Reporting by Chen Aizhu and Shu Zhang Editing by Florence Tan and Kenneth Maxwell

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