Axens and Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery & Chemicals Company announce the completion of the Performance Guarantee Test Run of H-Oil® unit

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Following the successful start-up of the unit in December 2020, Sinopec Zhenhai Refinery & Chemicals Company and Axens are proud to announce the completion of the Performance Guarantee Test Run of the 2.6 MMTA (45 000 BPSD) VR capacity Ebullated-Bed Hydrocraker (H-Oil® unit), demonstrating VR conversion in excess of 80%.

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Axens H-Oil® Ebullated Bed Hydrocracking Technology was implemented in the Sinopec Zhenhai existing refinery and coupled with existing assets such as Delayed Coker and Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) units to maximize refinery overall performances, bringing higher profits in the refinery economics. 

Beyond the performance guarantees demonstration, Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company H-Oil® unit has not only passed successfully all guarantees but thanks to ZRCC operation and Axens team collaboration, the unit was also able to adjust its operation to follow market opportunities to produce Low Sulfur Bunker Fuel from unconverted residue product. The H-Oil® unit also demonstrated its high flexibility towards a wide range of operating capacity and towards various feedstocks.

The Performance Guarantee Test Run (PGTR) was conducted with the support of on-site and substantially off-site support from Axens head offices in France. 


Axens has accompanied Sinopec ZRCC since the beginning of the project and our cooperation has permitted to adapt to the market and maximize our refinery full potential
Guo Shouquan
Deputy Director of development and technology department at Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company.
Axens and ZRCC have a long standing relationship and we are very proud of the conclusion of the H-Oil® unit implementation. We are particularly impressed by the way Sinopec ZRCC operation teams have adopted this Ebullated bed VR conversion technology and explored many of its flexibilities to address today’s market uncertainties.
Jacques Rault
Conversion & Clean Fuels Director at Axens

About ZRCC
Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company (Sinopec ZRCC), located in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, is the largest integrated refining and chemical company in China, listed in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since 1994. With a comprehensive crude oil processing capacity of 23 million tpa and an ethylene capacity of 1 million tpa, ZRCC currently represents the advanced level of China petrochemical industry, standing at the first quartile in competitiveness among the Asia-Pacific refineries since 1990's. ZRCC pursues the green path of low carbon and environmentally friendly development while safeguards the local and national economy : the Company has been successively honored as one out of the 8 earliest National Environmental-Friendly Enterprises and has won several awards for its excellent performance, such as Model Enterprise with Harmonious Labor Relations of China, 2016 Most Influential Enterprises in China, China Leading Enterprise for Energy Conservation & Emission Reduction, and Enterprise with Outstanding Contribution in the Development  of Low Carbon Economy, etc..


About Axens
Axens is a group that provides a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, and all natural gas treatment and conversion options. The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility studies to unit start-up and follow-up throughout the entire life cycle. This unique position ensures the highest level of performance with a reduced environmental footprint. Axens’ expertise is based on highly trained human resources, modern production facilities and an extended global network for industrial and technical support & commercial services. Axens is an IFP Group company.


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