January 5, 2012 / 4:20 AM / 8 years ago

Sinopec Group says Beihai refinery in full operation

BEIJING, Jan 5 (Reuters) - China’s Sinopec Group has opened all facilities at its new 100,000 barrel-per-day refinery (bpd) in the southern coastal city of Beihai, after starting testing of its crude oil unit in late September.

Beihai started crude pre-treating, catalytic cracking, delayed coking, continuous reforming, diesel and gasoline hydrotreating and other functions on January 1 and output has met requirements, the largest oil refiner in Asia said in a report on one of its websites (www.sinopecnews.com.cn).

Construction of the plant began in March 2010.

The Beihai refinery, integrated with a 200,000 tonne-per-year polypropylene unit that makes plastics, will first run higher quality sweet crude from West Africa, though it is designed to treat sour crude, sources have told Reuters.

Sinopec Group is the parent of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec Corp) .

Reporting by Jim Bai and Chen Aizhu; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner

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