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SINOPEC Engineering Incorporation (SEI), a subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corporation, restructured by the former SINOPEC Engineering Incorporation, SINOPEC Beijing Design Institute (BDI) and SINOPEC Beijing Petrochemical Engineering Company (BPEC), is an engineering-based global engineering company engaged in oil, gas, petrochemical, industrial, and infrastructure areas. With a history of over half a century, the company is staffed with more then 2200 employees; including 2 members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 5 national design masters, more than1900 engineers of various discipline, and 200 registered engineers. In the past 50 years, over 1000 projects were accomplished. More than 500 scientific and technological achievements were scored at ministerial level. SEI ranked the 1st place based on its comprehensive capabilities among the100 leading engineering companies in China. As published by ENR 2002, SEI ranked No. 18th among the top 25 engineering firms and No.26 among the 150 leading engineering companies worldwide. SEI has been growing through four stages.

First Satge:1953-1983, enhancing engineering development
Second Stage:1984-1998, growing and becoming a global engineering company
Third Stage:1999-2001, merge among leading companies
Fourth Stage:2002-, on the list of top 100 global engineering companies

First Satge: 1953-1983, enhancing engineering development

The former BDI and BPEC were established in 1953 respectively and were the first specialized engineering companies in petroleum refining and chemical industries.

In respect of petroleum processing in the 1950’s, regardless of technical quarantine by the international anti China forces, BDI relying on itself provided services for the engineering of the restoration and expansion for refineries in Dalian, Jinxi, Gaoqiao, Jinzhou, Fushun, Lanzhou. In 1960’s, BDI undertook engineering for Daqing Refinery and accomplished engineering activities for both Jin Xi No.5 Refinery and Nanjing Refinery to relax the problem of oil products shortage resulted from blockage by western countries. From then on, BDI targeted at the Up-to-Date technologies worldwide and dedicated to R & D through national collaboration to develop own technologies. The technologies of Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Catalytic Reforming, Delayed Coking, Urea Dewaxing, and New Type Catalysts were praised as “Five Golden Flowers”. Several refineries with a capacity of 2,500,000 T/A were completed, which were the great contributions to the aim of “producing qualified products in three years and be self sufficient in oil products in five years”. From the mid 1960’s to early 1980’s, in the challenge of disturbing times in China, BDI never stopped engineering activities and innovation. During that period of time, engineering were performed for: Dongfanghong Refinery, Shengli Refinery, Jingmen Refinery, Wuhan General Petrochemical Works, Bonghwa Chemical Works in the D.P.R. Korea, and Baershi Refinery in Albania. Technology innovations were also achieved such as multi metal catalytic reforming and Riser Type Catalytic Cracking, which were the breakthroughs in petroleum refining industry.

In respect of chemical and petrochemical production in 1950’s, BPEC was involved in the engineering for both grassroots and expansion plants such as synthetic ammonia plants in Dalian Chemical Works and Yonglining Chemical Works as well as the first coke based nitrogenous fertilizer plant. In basic chemical industry field, BPEC was involved in the engineering for pure caustic soda projects in Dalian, Yongli, Sichun and that for Chlorine and sulfuric acid plants in Zhuzhou, Jizhou, Jilin, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, and No. 2 Beijing Chemical Works. In organic area, BPEC started to be involved in engineering for dyestuff, pesticide, caprolactam, rubber and ethyne based acetic acid projects. In the construction for the “Three Chemical Bases” in Jilin, Taiyuan and Lanzhou, considerable resources were involved from engineering for auxiliary facilities for projects of101, 201, 304, 102, 202, 302, and 103. BPEC carried on sole responsibilities after the expatriates left and completed these projects In 1960.

In 1958, BPEC completed standardized engineering for synthetic ammonia with a capacity of 50,000 T/A, electrolytic caustic soda with a capacity of 7,500-15,000 T/A, and PVC with a capacity of 6,000 T/A upon request of central government, which were contributions to the development of national ammonia and chlorine industries on the principle of self reliance. Coming into 1960’s, technology was developed and the first nylon plant with a capacity of 1,000 T/A was built in Siping, Jilin Province. From late 1960’s to early 1970’s, BPEC jointly engineered cis-butadiene rubber plant with a capacity of 15,000 T/A, which scored a top prize for Scientific Progress. Four items of new process, technologies and equipment for PVC were jointly developed. BPEC was also involved and made contributions to the projects in Albania, Vietnam, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Burma. In 1970’s, BPEC was not only involved in the master plan and engineering for the first giant petrochemical complex, but also involved in the engineering for the ethylene plant with a capacity of 300,000 T/A, polypropylene, polyester, styrene, and polystyrene plants

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Second Stage: 1984-1998, growing and becoming a global engineering company

In 1983, both BDI and BPEC became subsidiaries of SINOPEC respectively. In 1980’s, BDI made great contributions to the refining technology development. In keeping with the purpose of promoting technical progress, BDI, by way of collaboration in R & D, developed technologies for energy saving in atmospheric and vacuum unit, fluid catalytic cracking with atmospheric residue as feed, pre-mix riser in catalytic cracking unit, high efficiency combustor type catalyst regeneration with external tubes, new MTBE process, flue gas expander, as well as electrohydraulic slide valve, etc. Entering into the 1990’s, BDI strengthened radical changes and made efforts in “debottlenecking” to increase technical content in engineering activities. Relying on internal latent power, BDI mended its pace to follow international engineering practices in engineering activities for 48 key units and technical innovation projects. Among the projects, the expansion project in Fujian Refining & Chemical Co., Ltd. became a show case for “debottlenecking” and won a special prize for “National Best Engineering”. In 1996, BDI was qualifies for ISO 9001 Quality System and granted UKAS in1997.

From 1993, BDI executed EPC contracts for Aromatics Project in Guangzhou, Delayed Coker Project with a capacity of 1,000,000T/A, Diesel Hydrotreater with a capacity of 400,000T/A, and Polyester and Aromatics Project in Tianjin, realizing the objectives of schedule control, cost control ,and quality control. With joint efforts with other companies, SEI developed technologies for Catalytic Cracking Process, 1,000,000T/A Medium Pressure Hydro-Upgrading Process and Moving Bed Catalytic Reforming Process, which were among the “SINOPEC Ten Key Projects”.

BPEC structured to be an engineering oriented company by making efforts in innovation/practice and following international recognized procedures.In 1984, BPEC was approved as one of the twelve EPC companies on trial basis and restructured to be engineering based company to execute contracts on EPC basis. From than on, BPEC strengthened internal and project management and promote project contracting on EPC basis through styrene/polystyrene projects in SINOPEC Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co, Ltd., which was a successful one. After that, BPEC undertook a number of EPC contracts such as phthalic anhydride, plastisizer and unsaturated resin. Meanwhile, BPEC set up the first Class A Construction Supervision Company which undertook projects such as Panda Automobile Plant in Guangdong Province, Citroen Automobile JV in Hubei Province, Guangdong Henglian Food Co., Ltd. and Ethylene Plant in Guangzhou, through which it has accumulated experience in construction management.

In 1990’s, BPEC completed engineering activities for Yanshan Ethylene Expansion Project from 300,000T/a to 450,000T/A, Qilu Ethylene Expansion Project from 300,000T/a to 450,000T/A, Daqing Ethylene Expansion Project from 300,000T/a to 480,000T/A as well as master plan and engineering for six plants including 300,000T/a ethylene for Maoming Petrochemical Company. BPEC developed independently series ethylene cracking furnaces for 25,000T/A, 30,000T/A, 40,000T/A, 60,000T/A and 100,000T/A, which won six prizes.
BPEC accomplished engineering with its own technology for the 40,000T/A Dalian Polypropylene Plant; executed five polypropylene plants on EPC basis for Changling, Juijiang, Fujian, Wuhan, and Jingmen all with a capacity of 70,000T/A. BPEC developed the first 50,000T/A C5 separation pilot plant in China and was the first company to which ISO 9001 Certificate was granted in 1995.

To strengthen the coordination and management in the marketplace on behalf of SINOPEC, SINOPEC established the former SEI in 1985, which engaged in project contracting and labor services overseas. The former SEI accomplished projects such as Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery Restoration Project, etc. which was a breakthrough at the export market and was listed as one of the top 225 engineering companies worldwide.

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Third Stage: 1999-2001, merge among leading companies

To meet the challenges both in and out of China and the strong competition after China’s accession to WTO, the management of SINOPEC made the decision to merge and restructure the former SEI. SEI will develop in the policy of : “Innovation, optimization, expansion, competition, and regulation” to bring the advantages of the combined company into full play for the purpose of strengthening the competitive edge in order to become an engineering based global entity to provide full range of services.

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Fourth Stage: 2002-, on the list of top 100 global engineering companies

Since 2002, SEI has expedited its development. The company has accomplished all the indicators specified in the “Tenth Five Year”. From 2006 to 2008, SEI kept rapid development. SEI is capable of providing services in many ways including master planning, case studies, EP, EPC, and EPCC both independently and jointly with other companies. SEI has accumulated abundant experience in PMC and EPC type of projects. SEI not only provides services in oil and gas, petrochemicals, but also in coal to liquid, coal to chemicals, and environmental protection. SEI is capable of providing process technologies and services for refineries of above 10 Mt/a and ethylene projects of above 1Mt/a. SEI has been granted the ISO 9001 for a successive 10 years. SEI has set up an HSE system to enhance its ability for sustainable development.

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