Sinopec, China's largest oil refiner, will team up with oil
giant BP to expand acetate production, with a new acetyl chemicals
plant to be built in the southwestern city of Chongqing.
Company officials said on Wednesday that the plant would have an
annual production capacity of 650,000 tons of acetate, enabling
BP's Chongqing facility to produce 1 million tons of acetate
annually. That would make it one of the largest acetate producers
in the world.
The Chongqing facility is run by the Yangtze Acetyl Chemicals
Co., Ltd. in Chongqing, which is a joint venture of Sinopec's
Sichuan vinylon plant, BP Chemicals' investment company and the
city's energy investment company.
The project will cost 3.5 billion yuan (479.5 million US
dollars) and generate estimated annual sales of 4 billion yuan.
Sinopec said that BP would provide state-of-the-art technology
while Sinopec would supply natural gas, the raw material for
acetate, which is used in synthetic fibers, coatings,
pharmaceuticals, pesticides, food additives and dyes.
Listed in Hong Kong, New York, London and Shanghai, Sinopec is
the largest oil refiner and one of the largest oil producers in
(Xinhua News Agency January 23, 2008)