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CNOOC, Shell JV sign USD5.6-bn agreement to expand ethylene plant in China

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CNOOC, Shell JV sign USD5.6-bn agreement to expand ethylene plant in China

CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd (CSPC), a joint venture established by China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) and Royal Dutch Shell, signed a framework agreement worth USD5.6-bn with China’s Huizhou city government to expand its ethylene project in the city, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Source: MRCHub

CSPC is expected to add 1.5 million tons per annum ethylene production capacity on top of its existed 2.2 million tons in Huizhou, according to a statement issued by CNOOC on Sunday night.

The new project will have 14 petrochemical production lines to churn out products including ethylene, propylene, butadiene and ethylene glycol.

We remind, China's mega private refineries are expected to operate at full processing rates or higher until April as their margins have improved after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions. The rise in crude demand at Zhejiang Petrochemical (ZPC) and Hengli Petrochemical, which account for 6.5% of China's refining capacity, will lift crude imports by the world's top importer, with volumes expected to hit record levels this year and support global prices.

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