15 Nov 2010 11:19

China's oil giants pump up diesel output amid shortages

Shanghai. Nov. 15. INTERFAX-CHINA - To ease the nationwide shortage of diesel fuel, domestic oil companies are increasing diesel output. China's largest oil producer China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) said in a newsletter on Nov. 15 that its average daily diesel output is now 168,000 tons.

According to the newsletter, the company's daily crude oil processing volume will amount to 400,000 tons this month. It expects diesel output this month to top October's output by 300,000 tons.

Meanwhile, the company accelerated fuel transportation from its refineries in China's northwestern and northeastern regions to central and southwestern regions.

In related news, China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec Group), said in a newsletter on Nov. 10 that its Beijing-based Yanshan Petrochemical will resume production at one of its facilities to add 50,000 tons of diesel output this month, while the Zhenhai Refinery, located in eastern Zhejiang Province, will increase crude oil processing to lift monthly diesel output by 10,000 tons.

Sinopec Group's Anqing Petrochemical unit, located in central Anhui Province, will also increase processing volume to boost monthly diesel output by 20,000 tons in November.

In southern Guangdong Province, Sinopec Group's Maoming Petrochemical plans to increase diesel output by 600,000 tons in November to ensure adequate supplies during the Asian Games, which are currently underway until Nov. 17. Guangzhou Petrochemical will also pump up diesel output by 300,000 tons this month.