CNOOC lets contract for Huizhou refinery expansion

CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has let a contract to Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., to provide industrial gases to support the expansion of its 12 million-tonne/year Huizhou refinery in Guangdong province, China.

As part of the contract, Praxair will build, own, and operate two 2,400-tonne/day air separation plants in the Huizhou Daya Bay Chemical Industrial Park to supply oxygen and nitrogen to support CNOOC’s expansion of crude oil processing capacity at the Huizhou refinery to 22 million tpy, Praxair said.

Praxair will start delivery of industrial gases for the expansion beginning in 2017, said the service provider, which already supplies specialty gases both to the existing Huizhou refinery and the CNOOC-Shell Petrochemicals Co. Ltd. 50-50 joint venture’s 2.3 million-tpy Nanhai petrochemical complex, also in Guangdong province (OGJ Online, May 7, 2010).

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

The Huizhou refinery expansion, as well as an associated grassroots 1 million-tpy ethylene plant to be built as part of Huizhou’s Phase 2 integration project, are due to be commissioned sometime during 2016-17, according to the most recent updates from CNOOC (OGJ Online, Feb. 2, 2015; Dec. 20, 2013).

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