MOSCOW (MRC) -- State-owned PetroChina plans to spend about Yuan 10 billion (USD1.49 billion) annually in the next five years for low carbon emission transitions as part of the company's effort to meet Beijing's call for carbon neutrality by 2060, reported S&P Global with reference to the statment of Wei Fang, Assistant Secretary to the Board & Head of Investor Relations, during the company's Q3 result briefing.
PetroChina, China's top integrated giant, had produced 4.43 million boe/d of oil and gas in January-September.
Wei said the company targets to achieve near zero emission by 2050 and is currently drafting the new green and low carbon development plan in line with PetroChina's 14th Five-Year Plan for 2021-25.
"We go to build low carbon energy equals fairly with integrated development of fossil fuel and clean energy," Wei said.
In the next five years, PetroChina will focus more on integrated natural gas and power, geothermal, wind power as well as solar energy, Wei said, adding that it will launch pilot projects in hydrogen energy value chain.
The company prefers to work with external partners, such as establishing joint ventures, to have diverse methods for developing new energy businesses, Liu Wentao, who leads PetroChina's planning department, said late-August.
In the first three quarters, PetroChina's capital expense was at Yuan 160.8 billion, down 7.8% year on year, the result showed.
The company maintains its capex target of cutting 22%-25% from the last year levels as a reaction to price plunge and gloomy demand in 2020, Brian Xin Cong, Deputy Director of Investor Relations, said during the call.
As the company spanned off its pipeline assets and transferred to PipeChina on Sept. 30, the previous planned spending on pipeline construction will be saved, so that PetroChina will meet the capex cut target in 2020, Yu Meng, Deputy Director of Finance Disclosure, said during the call.
PetroChina slows down its domestic output growth in the third quarter to take advantage of low import price.
The company produced 883 Bcf of natural gas in July-September in China, up only 2.3% year on year and lagged behind both the 10.9% year-on-year growth for January-June and its annual growth target of 5%-6%, according to the report.
As a result, PetroChina's gas output accounted for 60.1% of China's gas output in January-September, down from 61% share in the first-half but remained slightly higher than 59.6% in the same period of last year.
Xin said the company increased gas imports in Q3 as spot price was low while there were some facility maintenance in the quarter which also contributed to slower growth.
However, Xin remained confident that the company will meet the 5%-6% growth target in 2020 as it boosts production in Q4 for peak winter demand. In the first three quarters, its domestic gas output rose 8.2% year on year to 2,907.4 Bcf.
Domestic crude oil output was steady at 560 million barrels with a 0.6% year-on-year increase.
The company achieved an operation profit at Yuan 60.28 billion in January-September, flipping from Yuan 6.04 billion of operation loss in H1, thanks to selling its pipeline asset to PipeChina in Q3, while crude price and demand recovery from COVID-19 pandemic also helped.
It gained Yuan 66.32 billion of operation profit in Q3, compared to Yuan 2.66 billion operation loss in Q2, the result showed.
As MRC informed earlier, PetroChina has nearly doubled the amount of Russian crude being processed at its refinery in Dalian, the company’s biggest, since January 2018, as a new supply agreement had come into effect. The Dalian Petrochemical Corp, located in the northeast port city of Dalian, was expected to process 13 million tonnes, or 260,000 bpd of Russian pipeline crude in 2018, up by about 85 to 90 percent from the previous year’s level. Dalian has the capacity to process about 410,000 bpd of crude. The increase follows an agreement worked out between the Russian and Chinese governments under which Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft was to supply 30 million tonnes of ESPO Blend crude to PetroChina in 2018, or about 600,000 bpd. That would have represented an increase of 50 percent over 2017 volumes.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,594,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high denstiy polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 880,130 tonnes in the nine months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports, exluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.
PetroChina Company Limited, is a Chinese oil and gas company and is the listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, headquartered in Dongcheng District, Beijing. It is China's biggest oil producer.