Refinery news roundup: Asia-Pacific 2018 maintenance plans now emerging

Maintenance in the Asia-Pacific region is building up over the course of the first quarter and further out. A number of refineries in Japan and China have released maintenance plans.

— An explosion at Taiwanese state-owned CPC’s diesel plant at the Taoyuan refinery in February occurred as the No. 2 diesel hydrodesulfurizer was restarting after maintenance. The No. 2 diesel hydrodesulfurizer is able to produce 30,000 b/d of diesel. The unit was shut for maintenance from December 25 to January 27. CPC said it would take three months to repair the unit.

— Idemitsu Kosan plans to shut a 40,000 b/d direct desulfurizer at its Chiba refinery in Tokyo Bay for a month from late April for catalyst replacement.

— Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical plans to shut one of its residue fluid catalytic crackers, with 84,000 b/d capacity, in Mailiao from March 1 through April 14 for annual maintenance. The company has two RFCCs in Mailiao, each with a processing capacity of 84,000 b/d. Also, each of them are able to produce 375,000 mt/year of propylene.

— Japan’s JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy Corp. shut its FCC (30,000 b/d) at Marifu, Yamaguchi prefecture in mid-February for maintenance and plans to restart it on March 13. It also shut on January 31 the sole 120,000 b/d crude distillation unit for a scheduled turnaround until early March.

— Zhenhai refinery in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, owned by Sinopec, plans to shut its 8 million mt/year No.2 crude distillation unit and downstream units for a partial scheduled maintenance during April-May. Zhenhai refinery plans to lower its crude throughput to around 20.8 million mt in 2018 from around 21.8 million mt in 2017 due to the maintenance.

— Sri Lanka’s state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp. (Ceypetco) plans to shut its 50,000 b/d Sapugaskanda refinery for a full turnaround starting February and lasting 30 days. The refinery last underwent full maintenance in February 2015.

— GS Caltex, South Korea’s second-biggest refiner, will restart its 53,000 b/d vacuum gasoil FCC at its 785,000 b/d Yeosu refinery on April 5 after it completes a planned maintenance program. The FCC was shut February 19 for the maintenance, which will take about 45 days to complete. Separately, GS Caltex, has planned a seasonal maintenance for its naphtha splitter unit at Yeosu refinery. The turnaround is scheduled to commence around mid-March.

— PetroChina’s 10 million mt/year Sichuan Petrochemical in southwestern Sichuan province will shut all its units over March 20 to May 20 for a two-month turnaround. This will be the first overall maintenance at the refinery after it started its commercial operation in Q1, 2014.

— Sinopec plans to shut a 2 million mt/year fluid catalytic cracking unit at its 8 million mt/year Anqing refinery in central Anhui province for one month of scheduled maintenance in April.

— Malaysia’s Petronas plans to shut the 100,000 b/d No. 1 crude distillation unit at its 270,000 b/d Melaka refinery in early March for a month-long turnaround. The refinery was last shut for maintenance over November to December 2015.

— Indian Oil Corp.’s Paradip refinery will shut for 35 days’ maintenance from the third week of March. During the shutdown, the company plans to undertake repair works on hydrogen, continuous catalytic reformer (64,000 b/d) and Indmax fluid catalytic cracker (80,000 b/d) units.

— Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery will go offline for works, potentially on a CDU, at the start of the second quarter, trading sources said.

FUTURE

— Vietnam’s Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical expects production at Dunq Quat to fall to 5.57 million mt in 2020 due to planned maintenance of around two months. Production was expected to be about 5.67 million mt in 2021 because BSR plans to shut the refinery for two months to connect the current facility with the expansion project.

— Idemitsu Kosan plans to shut a 60,000 b/d direct desulfurizer at its Aichi refinery in central Japan over October-November 2018 for catalyst replacement.

— Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan plans to shut the sole 150,000 b/d crude distillation unit at the Hokkaido refinery in northern Japan for a scheduled turnaround for a month from early June 2018. Idemitsu does not have any other scheduled CDU turnarounds at its refineries in 2018.

— China’s CNOOC Huizhou plans maintenance of around 40 days starting in October. The refinery will probably shut units under the 12 million mt/year first phase for maintenance in October.

— Sinopec’s 18 million mt/year Maoming refinery in southern Guangdong province plans only small maintenance in 2018, with no major turnaround.

— Japan’s JXTG plans to shut its Negishi refinery for annual maintenance in October-November.

— Japan’s JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy will suspend production of petrochemicals and oil products at the Muroran plant in Hokkaido March 31, 2019, and turn the facility into a refined products terminal from April next year.

— State-owned China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, plans to shut its Fujian Refining and Chemical Co. refinery for more than 50 days of scheduled maintenance in November-December 2018.

— JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy plans to shut its crude distillation units (No. 2 CDU at 90,200 b/d capacity and No. 3 CDU at at 90,000 b/d capacity) its Mizushima B plant at its refinery in Mizushima for annual maintenance from the end of September to early November 2018.

— Thailand’s Bangchak Petroleum will shut its 120,000 b/d Bangkok refinery from April 30 for 45 days of maintenance.

— Indian Oil Corp. plans to shut its 35,484 b/d diesel hydro-desulfurization unit at Gujarat refinery over May-July for a turnaround aimed at raising its DHDS unit capacity by 24% to 2.2 million mt/year (44,000 b/d). IOC has planned the around 45-day turnaround to produce BS VI compliant diesel at the west coast refinery.

— Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd plans maintenance at its Vizag refinery for secondary units as well as the three crude distillation units for 3-4 weeks in July-September 2019. “The turnaround of secondary units has been planned to streamline production process for Euro VI grades,” a senior company official said.

— HPCL plans to shut its Mumbai refinery for four weeks in Q1 2020 to revamp the motor spirit block. The planned turnaround is in line with the company’s endeavor to streamline its production process on the west coast refinery ahead of the introduction of Bharat Stage VI fuels from April 2020.

UPGRADES

— South Korea’s SK Innovation will build a 40,000 b/d heavy upgrader at Ulsan by 2020, which will produce 34,000 b/d of 0.5% sulfur fuel oil and 6,000 b/d of gasoil.

— HPCL’s $3.2 billion project to expand Vizag’s 8.3 million mt/year capacity to 15 million mt/year is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

— Indian Oil Corp. has signed up energy technology and infrastructure solutions provider CB&I for a residue upgrading unit at its Mathura refinery in north India.

— State-owned Indian Oil Corp. is exploring an option to build a petroleum coke gasification plant at its Paradip refinery on India’s east coast. IOC has also been planning to build a petrochemical complex at the site of Paradip. IOC’s $2.3 billion expansion project for the refinery to raise its overall capacity to 18 million mt/year (360,000 b/d) by 2020 from 13.7 million mt/year is on schedule. The expansion project includes setting up of a new atmospheric vacuum unit, an Indmax unit, motor spirit block units, kerosene hydro desulfurization unit and sulfur recovery units along with associated utilities.

— State-owned PetroChina has been upgrading its 9 million mt/year Liaoyang Petrochemical refinery since October 2016. The project includes setting up 11 units including a 2.4 million mt/year residual oil hydrogenation unit, a 2.2 million mt/year residual fluid catalytic cracker, and upgrade of five units including the vacuum gasoil hydrocracker and ethylene cracker with completion expected by the end of 2018.

— The Philippines’ Petron Corp. is considering a plan to more than double capacity at its 88,000 b/d Port Dickson refinery in Malaysia by 2020 to 178,000 b/d.

— Petron Corp. said it was continuing to review plans to expand the capacity of its 180,000 b/d Bataan refinery. Work on the expansion was expected to begin in 2018 and finish by 2019.

— PetroChina’s Liaoyang refinery is in the middle of upgrading projects which will enable it to raise crude throughput by about 1.5 million-2 million mt this year. The refinery will start its 3.5 million mt/year crude distillation unit, which is now shut, after the completion of the upgrade around September. The project includes setting up 11 units, including a 2.4 million mt/year residual oil hydrogenation unit, a 2.2 million mt/year residual fluid catalytic cracker, and upgrade of five units, including the vacuum gasoil hydrocracker and ethylene cracker.

— The capacity of Reliance Industries export-oriented refinery at Jamnagar was 35.2 million mt/year on October 1. Reliance aims to raise total refining capacity at the Jamnagar complex to 100 million mt (around 2 million b/d) by 2030.

— South Korea’s S-Oil plans to start its new high-severity residue fluid catalytic cracker, or HS-RFCC, at its refinery in Onsan in June or July.

— Indian Oil Corp. plans to raise the capacity of its Panipat refinery to 25 million mt/year to meet growing demand for oil products in the national capital region. The refinery’s capacity is 15 million mt/year. The project was expected to take at least three years.

— Singapore Refining Co. has completed upgrade work to produce lower sulfur gasoline at its 290,000 b/d refinery on Jurong Island. The $500 million upgrade includes a 26,000 b/d gasoline desulfurization unit, a 32,300 b/d heavy naphtha splitter, an amine treating unit and co-generation units.

LAUNCHES

— A new HPCL project in Barmer, India, is due for completion by March 2023.

— India’s big refinery project in Maharashtra, being developed by state-owned IOC, HPCL and BPCL, will start up around 2022-23.

— Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan said it expected first oil products from the 200,000 b/d Nghi Son refinery in Vietnam sometime between the end of March and April.

— Indonesia’s Pertamina has signed a joint venture agreement with Russia’s Rosneft to build and operate a proposed integrated 300,000 b/d greenfield refinery and petrochemical facility in Tuban, East Java, targeting completion in 2024.

— Sinopec said it has started full construction of its new refinery in Zhanjiang after recently signing an engineering, procurement and construction contract. Preliminary construction began in December 2016, and the start-up of the refinery is slated for end 2019.

Source: Platts

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