China’s Zhejiang Hengyi has secured regulatory approval from its government to build a planned US$4.32 bln refinery project in Brunei that will house the country's first aromatics production. As per Borneo Bulletin, the refinery complex, will be built at Pulau Muara Besar, and have capacity to produce 1.5 mln tpa of diesel; 400,000 tpa of gasoline; l mln tpa of jet kerosene; and 1.5 mln tpa of naphtha. It is also expected to produce 1.5 mln tpa of paraxylene (PX) and 500,000 tpa of benzene.
Zhejiang Hengyi is building the Brunei refinery to ensure supply of feedstocks PX and benzene for the company's production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), polyester and caprolactam, Hengyi Petrochemical said. The refinery will get part of its crude supply from Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). Hengyi Petrochemical is one of the biggest PTA producers in China with a 5.65 mln tpa capacity as of October 2012.