Chinese oil giant Sinopec opens lubricant plant in Tuas

A Chinese worker installs a Sinopec logo at a new Sinopec station in Beijing. Chinese oil giant Sinopec opened its lubricant plant in Tuas on Thursday, July 11, 2013, its first outside of China.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
A Chinese worker installs a Sinopec logo at a new Sinopec station in Beijing. Chinese oil giant Sinopec opened its lubricant plant in Tuas on Thursday, July 11, 2013, its first outside of China.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Chinese oil giant Sinopec opened its lubricant plant in Tuas on Thursday, its first outside of China.

Initial production is expected to hit 100,000 tonnes of lubricant per year to meet the increasing regional demand for high-grade lubricant and grease in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said Sinopec Lubricant Singapore's general manager Pei Wenjun.

The plant's size is more than 242,000 sq m. The plant will function as Sinopec's Asia-Pacific hub and was set up as part of Sinopec's global expansion plans, he said.

Apart from production, the plant will also act as the company's logistics and servicing hub.

Production has started and the plant has 150 employees.

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