PetroChina H1 profit up 55% on strong crude; chemical earnings shrink

Fanny Zhang


SINGAPORE (ICIS)–State-owned energy and petrochemical firm PetroChina posted a 55% year-on-year increase in its first-half 2022 net profit, thanks to spikes in crude oil prices.

CNY million H1 2022 H1 2021  change
Revenue 1,614,621 1,196,581 34.9%
Operating expenses -1,495,606 -1,108,118 35.0%
Profit from operations 119,015 88,463 34.5%
Profit attributable to owners 82,391 53,037 55.3%


– H1 domestic chemical demand slowed down, while chemical firms experienced margin squeeze and lowered operating rates amid significant rise on feedstock cost.

– Profit from its chemical segment for the period slumped 99% to CNY88m ($13m).

– Ethylene production in January-June 2022 expanded 23.7% year on year to 3.8m tonnes.

– Oil and gas production increased 3.1% over the period to 845m barrels of oil equivalent (boe).


– Global economy faces downward pressure due to factors such as high inflation, interests rates hikes and geopolitical tensions.

– China economy expected to continue rebound; growth expected to be reasonable.

– PetroChina to run ethane cracker, fertilizer, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and other chemical facilities at full capacity. It plans to increase proportion of high-end special materials and increase production of high value-added chemical products, to improve profitability of its chemical business.

($1 = CNY6.85)

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