Sinopec has revived its Chenshan import terminal in east China’s Zhejiang province. It discharged a 23,000t propane cargo on September 7, 2020, in a sign that it is becoming operational after years of being shut.

The terminal has 53,000t of LPG storage capacity and is located in Jiaxing city near Shanghai. But Chenshan can only offload a half laden very large gas carrier at one time because of its draft limitations.

Sinopec also plans to launch a LPG terminal with 60,000t of propane storage as part of the Sinopec Zhanjiang refinery’s ethylene cracker project in south China’s Guangdong province. The ethylene cracker will start operations later this month, although the import terminal will not be operational until the first quarter of 2021.

Chenshan is not currently ready for wholesale deliveries by tanker trucks. It was recommissioned in July. It will be operated by Jinshan Associated Trading that Sinopec owns a stake in, which will distribute the imported LPG domestically through pressurised vessels.

Elsewhere, Sinopec has also started construction on a new LPG terminal at Ningbo in Zhejiang on September 1, as part of its Zhenhai refinery’s light hydrocarbon project. The project will see the construction of 60,000t of refrigerated propane storage and several pressurised LPG tanks. It is expected to be operational by 2023.

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10th September 2020