China's largest joint venture, a petrochemical project off South
China Sea built with both Chinese and foreign funds, has completed
construction and will go into production in several weeks,
according to sources with China National Offshore Oil Corporation
China's largest offshore oil producer.
The board of CNOOC and Shell Petrochemical Company Limited
(CSPC) announced on Friday the completion of the construction of
the world-scale petrochemicals complex in the Daya Bay, Huizhou
city of south China's Guangdong Province Friday.
According to CNOOC, final preparations for start up are now
being made at the complex, at the center of which is an 800,000
tons per annum capacity Lower Olefins Plant.
The project is a joint investment by the CNOOC, Royal Dutch
Shell and the Guangdong provincial government.
With a total investment of 4.3 billion US dollars, the project
is so far the largest joint venture project in China. Shell holds a
share of 50 percent, CNOOC, 45 percent and the Guangdong
government, five percent.
After the start-up, the project is expected to turn out 2.3
million tons of petrochemicals products which will be supplied to
markets in Guangdong and southeast coastal areas, where demand for
petrochemicals are strong.
Most of the utilities units and general facilities have already
been in operation for months. The cracker and downstream units are
being phased in as part of an integrated start up plan with a full
complex product in tank expected in the next few weeks, said Simon
Lam, General Manager of CSPC.
(Xinhua News Agency December 31, 2005)