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Results from China’s coal to oil project

World Coal,

China’s first direct coal to oil liquefaction project, operated by leading coal producer, Shenhau Group, produced 866 000 t of oil products in 2013.

The direct coal liquefaction line is located in Ejin Horo Banner, Ordos city, in North China’s Inner Mongolia region. The project produces 3000 tpd of oil products and consumes nearly 10 000 tpd of coal, according to Shenhua Coal Liquefaction and Chemical Co Ltd.

Shenhau Group began construction of the project in 2004, using self-developed technologies, with an investment of US$ 2.06 billion (12.6 billion yuan).

The project began trial production at the end of 2009 with a designed annual capacity of 1.08 million t of diesel, naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Proven coal reserves in the Ordos region are estimated at 160 billion t, or 11.4% of the country's total coal reserves.

As part of its clean energy strategy, over the last three years China has launched a number of coal liquefaction and coal gasification projects in Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Xinjiang and Liaoning.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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