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Energy giants ramp up raw material supplies for protective gear

2020-2-12 14:37

 

China's State-owned energy giants are ramping up raw material supplies that are key to produce protective products against the novel coronavirus, to help ease the shortage of medical supplies.

China Petrochemical Corp, also known as Sinopec Group, had produced 15,000 metric tons of raw materials including polypropylene, for masks, syringes and other medical supplies over the first week of February, with an additional 80,000 tons to follow this month, the company said.

It also plans to produce 160,000 tons of medical grade synthetic resin over the first two months of this year, with a year-on-year increase of 45,000 tons.

Its unit, Sinopec Jianghan Salt Chemical Hubei Co Ltd, a domestic leader in disinfection products located in Qianjiang city, Hubei province, is producing raw materials for liquid sterilant with full-load capacity.

As China's largest oil refiner, Sinopec Group has also partnered with mask manufacturers to expand their mask production capacity by providing them equipment and raw materials.

A total of 11 new production lines will be set up by the end of February, with daily mask production capacity to reach 600,000 pieces and more than 1 million pieces by Feb 29 and March 10, respectively, according to the company.

China National Petroleum Corp, or CNPC, has also been expanding production of raw materials necessary for protective supplies for medical workers on the frontline fighting the novel coronavirus pneumonia, including disinfectants, protective suits and masks.

Dalian Petrochemical Co, a subsidiary of CNPC, has delivered more than 600 tons of polypropylene to Guangdong to ensure production of medical gear, while its subsidiary Hohhot Petrochemical Co in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, a major producer of polypropylene in the country, has also been ramping up polypropylene production under strict standards.

Hohhot Petrochemical plans to produce 3,000 tons of polypropylene. Each ton of the raw material is expected to produce about 250,000 protective masks.

According to CNPC, six subsidiaries of the company are currently under stable operation with high load to ensure sufficient medical material production.

Its chemical marketing subsidiaries are also strengthening production, sales and transportation to ensure that the materials are sent to the frontline as soon as possible.

Li Li, a senior analyst with JLC, a leading market intelligence and consultancy service provider for energy and commodities in China, said the ongoing shortage of protective masks and suits will ease off if the epidemic is controlled while factories resume production.

Data from JLC showed polypropylene production, a main raw material to produce protective masks and suits, reached 25.49 million tons in capacity in China in 2019, while the total production was 20.96 million tons, far greater than the need to cover the demand for mask production.

The current shortage is a combined result of the sudden demand surge from ordinary people due to the outbreak of the virus when Chinese manufacturers were away for a holiday break, and the key to solve the problem is the resumption of logistics and production, she said.

"Masks are mainly used by those who work at factories and hospitals, and few families would have a stockpile of masks for daily use, even though people would wear them at times of air pollution or flu," she said, adding it is the same with shortage of protective suits.

"Owing to the sudden outbreak of the epidemic, it is difficult for manufacturers to ramp up production in a short time. However, when logistics improves and workers return to work, the supply shortage will ease due to the full operation of manufacturing units."

 

中国国有能源巨头正在增加原材料供应,以缓解医疗供应短缺的问题。原材料是生产新型冠状病毒防护产品的关键。


中国石油化工集团公司(China Petrochemical Corp,简称:中石化集团)表示,在2月的第一周,该公司生产了1.5万吨用于口罩、注射器和其他医疗用品的聚丙烯等原材料,本月还将再生产8万吨。


该公司还计划在今年头两个月生产16万吨医用级合成树脂,同比增长4.5万吨。


位于湖北省潜江市的中国石化江汉盐化工股份有限公司是国内领先的消毒产品生产企业,主要生产液体消毒剂原料。


作为中国最大的炼油企业,中石化集团还与口罩生产商合作,通过向他们提供设备和原材料来扩大口罩的生产能力。


该公司表示,到2月底,将新建11条口罩生产线,到2月29日和3月10日,每日口罩生产能力将分别达到60万片和100多万片。


中国石油天然气集团公司(CNPC)也一直在扩大生产的原材料,包括消毒剂、防护服和口罩。这些原材料是为抗击新型冠状病毒肺炎的一线医护人员提供防护用品所必需的。


大连石化公司,中国石油天然气集团公司的子公司,已经交付了超过600吨聚丙烯广东,确保医疗设备的生产,而子公司呼和浩特石化公司在中国北部的内蒙古自治区,聚丙烯的主要生产者,也增加聚丙烯生产严格标准。


呼和浩特石化计划生产3000吨聚丙烯。每吨原材料预计可生产约25万个防护口罩。


据中国石油天然气集团公司介绍,目前该公司6家子公司运行稳定,负荷高,以保证充足的医疗物资生产。


其化工销售子公司也在加强生产、销售和运输,以确保材料尽快送到前线。


中国领先的市场情报和能源及大宗商品咨询服务提供商JLC的高级分析师李丽表示,如果疫情得到控制,同时工厂恢复生产,防护口罩和防护服的持续短缺将会缓解。


JLC的数据显示,2019年中国生产防护面具和防护服的主要原料聚丙烯的产能达到2549万吨,而总产量为2096万吨,远远超过面具生产的需求。


她说,目前的短缺是普通民众的需求突然激增的综合结果,这是由于中国制造商在假期期间爆发了甲型h1n1流感,解决这个问题的关键是恢复物流和生产。


她说:“口罩主要是在工厂和医院工作的人使用,即使人们在空气污染或流感时戴口罩,也很少有家庭会储备日常使用的口罩。”她补充说,防护服的短缺也是如此。


“由于疫情的突然爆发,制造商很难在短时间内提高产量。然而,当物流改善,工人重返工作岗位时,由于生产单位的全面运作,供应短缺问题将得到缓解。”

 

原作者: Liu Zhihua and Zheng Xin 来自: china daily