19 June 2009 10:09 [Source: ICIS news]
GUANGZHOU (ICIS news)--Yanchang Zhongli New Energy is expected to bring its 1.5m tonne/year methanol-gasoline project in northwestern China on stream next year, a company source said on Friday.
The yuan (CNY) 575m ($84m) project in Shaanxi province would include seven blending centres in the province. The cities of Baoji, Yan’an, Yulin, Hanzhong and Ankang would each have a 200,000 tonne/year facility, in addition to a 400,000 tonne/year centre in Xi’an and a 100,000 tonne/year one in Shangluo, the source added.
"We’ve been building the project since May upon approval from the government and may complete construction at the end of this year," the source said.
"Some regions in Shaanxi will be supplied with this hybrid fuel exclusively," the source added, but declined to list the target regions.
The Shaanxi local government will support wider application of the methanol-gasoline fuel once Yanchang Zhongli starts commercial operation, said a person in charge of methanol-gasoline at the environment protection department of the Shaanxi Development & Reform Commission.
The province had approved the M15 (15% methanol, 85% gasoline) vehicle-use methanol-gasoline standard filed by the company.
Yanchang Zhongli is a joint venture between Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group and Xi’an Zhongli Petrochemical New-tech Co.
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