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Oil Refining in China  
Product Ref: 06/322C Company: Arizona Clean Fuels
Singapore Refining Company
Valero Energy
Zhenhai Refining & Chemical

Product Type: Case Industry: Energy

Related Product(s): Teaching Note
Authors: Ka-Fu Wong   Mark Stimson
A strategic planner for an international oil and gas firm, Ed Chen was tasked with reviewing China's petroleum refining industry to seek out potential investment opportunities. Globally, demand for transportation fuel was on the rise and government clean fuel standards were becoming strict. As refineries struggled to adapt to tightening product quality requirements, those able to efficiently produce a high proportion of light products from heavy and sulfurous crude oil prospered the most. World refining capacity was expected to substantially increase over the next few years, with China contributing much of the growth. Building a refinery was an expensive task anywhere, though construction cost estimates were much lower for Asia. Ed questioned whether there was room for foreign competition or if it was a locals-only game.
Functional Area : Economics & Business Policy
Strategy & General Management

Issues: Oil and Gas, Refining, Petrochemicals, Price Control, WTO, Petroleum, Energy, China
Length: Text: 8 pages
Exhibits: 12 pages
Country: China (People's Rep. of)
Singapore (Rep. of)
United States of America

Pub. Year: 2006 Level of Difficulty: 2
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