PetroChina Co Ltd. Has announced plans to bring on stream a new 800,000 tpa ethylene unit at its Fushun refinery in October. With this capacity addition, total ethylene capacity at the refinery will be 1 mln tpa, as per Reuters.
Crude refining capacity was ramped up at the refinery to 11.5 mln tpa (230,000 bpd) at the end of last year from less than 10 mln tpa. However, the refinery's crude runs in H1-2012 totalled just 3.33 mln tons, since the existing 200,000 tpa ethylene production capacity did not match the expanded refining capacity. With the start up of the additional capacity in October, crude runs are expected to pick up.