While the Asia-Pacific region saw little refinery maintenance at the end of the year, data has started to appear on works planned in Q1 and over the course of the year.

–Taiwan’s CPC has shut the 15,000 b/d No.2 Residue Desulfurization Unit for maintenance at its 200,000 b/d Taoyuan refinery. The work started September 29 and was expected to last 50 days. But the company delayed the restart of the unit until mid-January, a company source said. There were no specific reasons for the prolonged scheduled maintenance, the source added. CPC also shut its No.2 Topping Unit at Taoyuan refinery from mid-December until mid-January.

–Sinopec delayed the start of a full two-month turnaround at its Hainan refinery to November 18, from the earlier scheduled November 8 after the arrival of maintenance equipment was delayed.

–Chinese Sinochem has shut its Quanzhou refinery from December 3 for a month-long complete turnaround, according to the company’s official post on Chinese social media WeChat. The turnaround covers 712 maintenance projects and 314 revamp projects, the post said.

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–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 Corp. plans to shut one of its residue fluid catalytic crackers in Mailiao for 30 days’ annual maintenance over March-April, a company source said.

–Japan’s JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy Corp plans to shut its FCC at Marifu, Yamaguchi prefecture in mid-February for maintenance. It will also shut the sole 120,000 b/d crude distillation unit for a scheduled turnaround over late January to early March.

–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 the same year.

–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, a refinery source said. 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, the source said.

–Sri Lanka’s state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp., or Ceypetco, plans to shut its 50,000 b/d Sapugaskanda refinery for a full turnaround of 30 days starting early February 2018. The refinery last underwent full maintenance in February 2015.

FUTURE

–Vietnam’s Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical expects production at Dunq Quat to fall to 5.57 million mt in 2020 amid 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 in that year to connect the current facility with the expansion project, it said.

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

–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. Idemitsu does not have any other scheduled CDU turnarounds at its refineries in 2018, a company spokesman said.

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. The project has been progressing according to schedule after receiving mandatory environmental clearance.

–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, company officials said. Petcoke for the unit could be sourced from IOC’s refineries at Chennai, Haldia and Paradip. Building the 2 million mt/year capacity petcoke gasifier would require investment of around Rupees 200 billion ($3.1 billion), according to oil ministry estimates. IOC has also been planning to build a petrochemical complex at the site of Paradip, the nation’s most modern plant with a complexity factor of 12.2 based on Nelson Index.

–State-owned PetroChina is 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. Once completed, expected by the end of 2018, the refinery will cut gasoil and gasoline output and raise the production of aromatics.

–The Philippines’ Petron Corp. confirmed it 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. “We confirm that the company is reviewing the expansion of its Malaysian refinery by another 90,000 b/d estimated to cost about $3.5 billion,” Petron said in a filing to Philippine Stock Exchange.

–The Philippines’ Petron Corp. confirmed it continues to review plans to expand the capacity of its 180,000 b/d Bataan refinery in the Philippines. Works on the expansion are expected to begin in 2018 and finish by 2019. This first expansion, which is estimated to cost $1.5 billion, is a de-bottlenecking of the existing refinery, The Philippine Star reported. The company said it is further reviewing a second phase of expansion to raise the refinery’s capacity by another 90,000 b/d to 360,000 b/d. Petron hopes to kick off works at the second phase in 2019 and finish by 2020.

LAUNCHES

–A new HPCL project in Barmer, India, could start around 2020-21.

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

–Vietnam’s greenfield Nghi Son refinery was expected to process 6.4 million mt (128,500 b/d) of crude oil next year. Commissioning of the facility has started in order to begin commercial operations by the end of March.

–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. Based on the schedule, the joint venture will award engineering, procurement and construction contracts in 2020 and is targeting completion in 2024.

–Elza Turner, elza.turner@spglobal.com
–Edited by Jonathan Loades-Carter, jonathan.carter@spglobal.com

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