Sinopec aims to reshape petroleum sector
Huge investment in past five years makes it the go-to enterprise for economies along Belt and Road routes
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, also known as Sinopec, the world’s largest refiner, believes that by deepening cooperation with countries and regions taking part in the Belt and Road Initiative, it can reshape the petroleum and petrochemical industry.
Toward that end, it has invested about $100 billion (89.4 billion euros; £77 billion) in the past five years in such fields as oil and gas exploration, development of oil fields, petroleum exploitation, refining, engineering, crude oil trade, equipment, materials and petrochemicals.
This has made it the go-to enterprise for many economies seeking solutions and expertise in the petroleum industry and related fields.
According to Wang Yupu, chairman of Sinopec, many economies covered by the Belt and Road routes have abundant petroleum and gas resources. They also see massive demand for related hardware and services, including refining, investments, technology and equipment. Sinopec is eminently placed to meet all of that demand, he says.
“Economies taking part inthe initiative have two-thirds of the global oil and gas reserves and half of global oil and gas output,” Wang says.
“With institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk RoadFundbacking Chinese enterprises’ expansion, Sinopec has established cooperation with over 30 Belt and Road countries.”
Sinopec has conducted oil and gas exploration and development with 11 Belt and Road countries since 2001, involving itself in 18 projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt andMongolia.
With an investment of more than $20.3 billion, the company had acquired more than 98.3 millionmetric tons of equity oil by the end of 2016.
The company has provided petroleum engineering services to more than 20 Belt and Road countries, including well-drilling and logging, geophysical prospecting and land surface construction. It has signed 745 engineering technical service contracts worth about $11 billion in the past five years.
In the field of petroleum refining, 72 new business contracts were signed with 10 countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, India, Malaysia and Thailand, since 2011, with a total contract value of $9.5 billion, it says.
Figures from the company show that in the past five years, Sinopec has imported more than 1.1 billion tons of crude oil from 15 countries, petrochemicals valued at $10.2 billion from 18 countries and equipment and materials worth $91.6 million.
It also has invested in six refinery storage projects in five countries along the routes.