CPC Corporation Taiwan said it is constructing a 150,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) crude distillation unit (CDU), two hydrotreaters with a total capacity of 70,000 bpd and a 50,000 bpd condensate splitter at the Talin refinery in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.
“We are going to start commissioning of these new units sequentially by the end of this year and put them into commercial operations from the beginning of next year,” according to a CPC Corp. spokesperson.
The refinery currently has a refining capacity of 300,000 bpd but CPC Corp. plans to scrap its aging 100,000 bpd CDU when the new unit comes on stream. Together with the Taoyuan refinery’s 200,000 bpd capacity, CPC Corp.’s total refining capacity will see a 10% boost to 550,000 bpd after the Talin expansion.
Last year, CPC Corp. permanently closed its 220,000 bpd CDU and secondary units attached to the CDU, as well as its 450,000 tonne-per-year naphtha cracker and derivative plants in the Kaohsiung petrochemical complex, in accordance with the agreement between CPC Corp. the Taiwanese government and local residents.