Shandong Weifang Shida Changsheng Energy Technology Co. opened Chinas newest base oil plant recently – an API Group II facility in the city of Weifang with capacity to make 300,000 metric tons per year.
An official told Lube Report that the plant makes four grades of base oil – 60 neutral, 100N, 150N and 350N – and white oils that the company began selling in February.
We build the plant to meet the needs in Chinas lubricant industry, said the official, who identified himself as technical director of the project but provided only his surname, Yan. He added that customers include lubricant blenders located around the country, including Beijing, Tianjin and Jiangsu.
The plant includes a hydrogenation unit constructed by Shandong Weifang Shida Changsheng and Anhui Huadong Chemical and Medical Engineering Co., a design institute. According to Yan, the plant took one year to build and cost 700 million (U.S. $104 million).
The facility uses a catalyst supplied by Shell.