SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China's Hengyi Petrochemical Co Ltd is operating its new 160,000 barrel-a-day refinery in Brunei at near full capacity after the start of experimental production in July, two company officials told Reuters.
The Palau Muara Besar plant is one of four greenfield refineries expected to start operating in Asia in 2019. The project includes a one million ton per year (tpa) aromatic plant and a 500,000 tpa benzene unit.
"Hengyi's Brunei project is running at near-full capacity," a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Earlier this week, a Hengyi executive told Reuters that the mill's refined fuel exports, including gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), were running smoothly.
“Almost all of our LPG exports went to the Philippines due to their geographical proximity. Indonesia is the main customer of our shipments of gasoline and diesel powered in the region, including Australia, ”said the executive.
Hengyi's jet fuel landed in destinations such as Hong Kong and to the west coast of the United States, he said, specifying the volumes of each product.
The company said the plant will produce nearly 6 million tons of combined gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel per year.
Report by Chen Aizhu and Florence Tan; editing by Richard Pullin
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