The following article is from the China Daily a couple of days ago. While the article doesn’t mention coking or even heavy oils, I suppose it’s a safe assumption that coke output rose as a result of the extra throughput. Those of you who know more about oil refining than I do (and I don’t know much) might have a better opinion. Meantime, we will work on understanding the supply side of the coke business more. Sinopec is China’s largest coke producer.
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec), the nation’s largest oil refiner, said Tuesday that it processed 101.45 million tons of crude oil in the first half of 2010, up 16.74 percent year-on-year due to strong growth of the Chinese economy.
The company, also a leading oil producer, said in a preliminary report that its natural gas output rose strongly by 40.73 percent from the same period last year to 200.56 billion cubic meters despite crude oil output only rising 0.05 percent to 149.19 million barrels.
Sinopec saw diesel output rise by 13.33 percent to 36.72 million tons in the first half from a year earlier, while kerosene was up 29.96 percent, the company said.
Strong domestic economic growth in the first half had contributed to the increases in its rising output.
China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 11.1 percent year-on-year in the first half, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
Gasoline output rose by 4.59 percent year-on-year in the first half,said the company.
Ethylene went up by 41.34 percent, synthetic resins by 28.51 percent, synthetic fibers by 7.47 percent and synthetic rubbers by 18.58 percent.
Domestic sales of refined oil products rose sharply by 18.09 percent year-on-year to 68.15 million tons in the first half.
Sinopec reported its net profit in the first quarter rose 39.93 percent year-on-year to 15.785 billion yuan ($2.3 billion).