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In China, The Economic Observer reports that a China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec) unit has completed production trials of a waste cooking oil to renewable aviation kerosene process, and plans to be ready to seek airworthiness certification from the government in January. The company began researching and developing aviation biofuels in 2009.

Sinopec’s Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co. has a capacity of producing 20,000 tons (about 588 thousand gallons US) of aviation biofuel from used cooking oil each year.

China is expected to use 12 million metric tons of aviation biofuel a year by 2020—about 30% of projected total jet fuel consumption by that time—Civil Aviation Administration of China Deputy Director Li Jian said in a China Daily article in February 2012, and added that jet fuel consumption will likely double to 40 million metric tons a year by 2020.

At that time, Sinopec, which produces 73% of the country's output of jet fuel, said that it had successfully produced jet biofuel at its chemical plant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

China National Petroleum Corp. which earlier partnered with Honeywell’s UOP to produce jatropha-based renewable jet fuel, plans to build a refinery to produce 60,000 tons of the biofuel a year by 2014.


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