China's fuel need by 2010 to be 166.22 mm tpy, ethylene 10 mm tpy

Sep 28, 1998 02:00 AM

New technology and materials in China's building industry are expected to accelerate growth of the petrochemical industry, according to State Bureau of Petroleum and Chemical Industry official, Li Chen.
Addressing the International Chemical Industry Exhibition '98, Mr. Chen said that plastics are increasingly used as a substitute for traditional building materials like wood and steel as evidenced by the expanded use of plastic doors and windows.
Growth of the petrochemical industry, one of China's pillar industries, depends a lot on agriculture, construction, electronics, and automobiles.
The State Bureau of Petroleum and Chemical Industry predicts that by 2010, China's combined demand for gasoline, kerosene and diesel oil will stand at 166.22 mm tons, and that for ethylene will be 10 mm to 11 mm tons. The increased use of sheeting and drip irrigation will mean a greater need for plastics.
The amount of sheeting nation-wide is expected to grow from 4.67 mm ha now to 6.67 mm haby 2000, and that used for greenhouses is expected to double.
China will have 20 mm automobiles in 2000, and the market for petroleum looks good. Improvements in models will mean an increase in the use of plastics as a substitute for steel in automobiles.

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