The coal-to-liquids project in Northwest China's Ningxia autonomous region has overcome technical difficulties and developed large-scale processing technology for the indirect liquefaction of coal in China.
"Through collaborative innovation, the localization rate of the coal-to-liquids project reached 98.5%. It has undertaken 37 independent localization tasks for key technologies, major equipment and materials," said Yao Min, deputy general manager of Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co Ltd.
The direct and indirect liquefaction technology can generally be used for petroleum production from coal.
The project has been completed and put into production at the end of 2016. It is of great significance for solving China's oil and gas shortages, balancing the energy structure, reducing external dependence and ensuring national energy security, said Yao.
On December 17, 2017, the coal-to-liquids project achieved operation at full capacity for the entire plant. It now still maintains an average load of 85% and has produced 2.89 million tonnes of oil products with multiple indicators reaching advanced values.
The project is located at Ningdong Energy and Chemical Industry Base in central and eastern Ningxia.
In 2017, the base's total industrial output value reached 100.48 billion yuan ($14.77 billion) with a year-on-year increase of 41.1%, accounting for 24.2% of that of Ningxia.
The base became the first industrial park in Ningxia that has a total output value of more than 100 billion yuan, and became a main source of industrial economic growth for Ningxia.
Ningdong Energy and Chemical Industry Base, covering a planned area of 3,500 square kilometers, is a major national base for large-scale coal, the "West-to-East Electricity Transmission" project and the coal-to-chemical industry, and is also a national demonstration zone for the circular economy.
The base started construction in 2003 and has currently developed three leading industries: coal, electricity and chemical. It has seen fast development in petrochemicals, nonferrous metals, energy savings and environmental protection, new energy vehicles, new materials, machining and equipment manufacturing, light industrial textiles, and production-related services.
(Writing by William Gao Editing by Harry Huo)
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