A private chemical company in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, will soon start to produce automotive lubricants using recycled waste oils.
Hongda Petrochemical invested about 196.7 million ($30.2 million) to build a facility in three stages, including a unit to process 25,000 tons per year of spent mineral oils, a facility to rerefine 30,000 t/y of oily waste deposits, and a 45,000 t/y blending facility.
We are about to start the operation of the first facility in late January. The construction is almost done and we are doing some final-stage adjustments, Hongda General Manager Lin Shengquan told Lube Report Asia. Local government approval to start the construction of the second unit is still pending evaluation of environmental impacts.
Like other Chinese waste oil recycling operations, the facility uses a traditional recycling method rather than hydro-refining technologies, Lin said.
Hongda is licensed to source waste oils directly, but will also buy from suppliers.
Hongda also sells bitumen and fuel oil throughout southern China as the largest distributor of the Zhanjiang fuel unit of China National Offshore Oil Corp.