State-owned CPC Corp., Taiwan said an on-going capacity expansion project at its refinery facilities in Kaohsiung’s Dalin Township would be finished by the end of this month. The three new units at the refinery would produce lower sulphur fuels, which would ensure the firm’s competitiveness, said Chen Chenghsi, refinery deputy manager.
The new units are expected to boost the refinery’s capacity from 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 350,000 bpd, while helping the company to produce more “green” products, Chen said. Investment in the expansion was , which cost more than TWD20 billion (USD656.5 million),
Established in 1969, the 500-hectare Dalin refinery serves as a major oil supply and transfer hub for Taiwan’s petrochemical products.
In a bid to raise energy self-sufficiency, CPC said it has been investing in research and development on hydrogen fuel cells for several years.
CPC said it would begin a trial run of its hydrogen fuel cells next year with help from a low-temperature fuel cell system provided by the Hsinchu-based Industrial Technology Research Institute.