PetroChina runs trials at Urumqi polymer modified bitumen unit

16 July 2013 09:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--PetroChina Fuel Oil Northwest China Marketing has been conducting trial runs at its 200,000 tonne/year polymer modified bitumen (PMB) unit at Urumqi in Xinjiang following its start-up on 14 July, a company source said on Tuesday.

The unit, which is located at the refinery site of PetroChina Urumqi Petrochemical, will use the bitumen produced by the refiner’s 400,000 tonne/year bitumen facility as feedstock.

Meanwhile, the refiner’s existing 40,000 cubic metre (cbm) bitumen warehouse at the same site will provide storage for the PMB output, according to the source.

The PetroChina subsidiary in late June started up another 200,000 tonne/year PMB unit at Korla in Xinjiang and built a 32,000cbm storage to facilitate the operation of this unit, the source added.  

The company now has three PMB units in northwest China, including a 200,000 tonne/year facility at Yongdeng in Gansu province.

PetroChina Fuel Oil Northwest China Marketing is in charge of storing, transporting and selling products such as bitumen, fuel oil, solvent oil and distillates produced by PetroChina’s northwest China-based refiners. 

By: Jessie Yang

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