China flexes oil refining muscle, upping pain for Asian rivals

SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) – China is set to further expand its massive oil refining capacity this year, offering support to global oil prices, and U.S. producers in particular, but its plans spell more gloom for Asia’s hard-hit refining industry. Already the world’s No.2 oil refiner after the United States, China added 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) of capacity last year – 80% of the United Kingdom’s refinery throughput – and analysts expect a further 460,000 bpd to become operational in 2020. Chinese exports of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel combined jumped 20% in 2019, reaching as far as Mexico, …read more

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