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Sinopec establishes coal-to-chemical subsidiary

(Xinhua)

08:21, September 29, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's top oil refiner Sinopec Corp. on Friday set up a coal-to-chemical subsidiary in an effort to become a leader of the country's coal-to-chemical industry in the next few years.

Sinopec Great Wall Energy Chemical Co., Ltd. was set up as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinopec, the company said in a statement.

The new company will focus on the investment and operation of Sinopec's coal-to-chemical business and strive to become a leader in China's coal-to-chemical industry in eight to ten years, the statement said.

Fu Chengyu, chairman of Sinopec Group, said that developing the coal-to-chemical business has great strategic significance for restructuring China's energy structure.

China has abundant reserves of coal but a lack of oil and gas, and coal is likely to continue to take up a major part of China's energy consumption in the next two to three decades, Fu said.

"As a result, we must step up adjusting the material structure for chemical products and expand the materials by developing coal- and natural gas-based businesses," Fu said.

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