China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) sets its sights on sustainable operational excellence

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Shell Global Solutions’ licensed hydrocracking technology met all the performance guarantees during the successful start up of CNOOC’s new Huizhou refinery where it was recently installed.

The 4 MMTA (80,000BPD) hydrocracker in Guangzhou Province is the largest capacity hydrocracker in China, and has been designed to produce diesel and jet fuel that meets future stringent Chinese specifications while producing hydrowax as feedstock for the ethylene cracker in the Nanhai petrochemical complex.

Hydrocracking has become a key process technology for transforming low-value, high-sulphur, heavy oil fractions into valuable products. This becomes especially relevant in an environment where rising crude prices have forced refineries to consider upgrading distressed crudes and difficult hydrocracker feedstocks, and also where tight fuels specifications and emissions legislation are major operational issues.

According to Mr Dong Xiaoli, General Manager of CNOOC, “in today’s market, refiners face a range of new technical, regulatory and commercial challenges : ensuring that their operations meet environmental standards; complying with new lower sulphur fuel specifications; and upgrading their refinery capabilities to meet capacity and quality targets.”

“We therefore appreciate the outstanding technology, technical support services and design expertise from Shell Global Solutions that has enabled CNOOC to commission the unit in the shortest amount of time,” he added.

Mr Edward Daniels, Executive Vice President of Shell Global Solutions Downstream said that “Shell Global Solutions’ partnership with CNOOC marks a significant milestone in its licensing business in China and its commitment to licensed technology in the PRC.”

He commented that “the cooperation amongst the CNOOC management, operations and project teams, the local design institute, and Shell Global Solutions formed the basis for success of starting-up and meeting the guarantees for the largest hydrocraker unit in China.”

Mr Suleyman Ozmen, Vice President of Refining and Chemical Licensing added “the unit demonstrates the success of combining Shell Global Solutions’ process unique design capabilities with the industry’s leading catalyst supplied by Criterion/Zeolyst, and Shell’s extended operating knowledge and experience.”

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