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1 Key Research and Development Areas


1.1 Exploration & Production Technology


Exploration technology for marine sedimentation


Exploration technology for continental sedimentation


Exploration technology for unconventional hydrocarbon resources


Effective technology for hard-to-develop reserves


Enhanced oil recovery technology


Geophysics technology under complicated conditions


Drilling and logging technology


Reservoir reconstruction technology


Oilfield chemicals technology


Apparatus, tools and equipment technology


1.2 Refining Technology


Low-grade crude processing and increasing light oil yield technology


Clean fuel production technology


Refining & chemical integrated technology


Lubricant & other oil products production technology


Refinery energy saving and emissions reduction technology


Unconventional energy resources refining technology


1.3 Chemical Technology


Olefins & aromatics production technology


Basic organic raw material production technology


Polyolefin technology


Production technology of monomer & polymer of synthetic fiber


New product development technology of synthetic resin, fiber & rubber


Fine chemicals & Biochemical technology


Novel energy resource & new materials technology


1.4 Utility Engineering Technology


Safety technology


Environmental protection technology


Energy saving technology


Equipment long-cycle operation technology


Oil & gas storage and transportation technology


Instrumentation automation technology


Major equipment production technology


2 R&D for New Products


We focus on market need, closely combine our strengths in research and production, pursue differentiated and high value-added products and have successfully developed the following products: SJ gasoline engine oil and CF-4 diesel engine oil; the specialized lubricant applied in “Shenzhou” spaceship and in “Chang'e-1 lunar satellite”; the high-performance modified asphalt used in Beijing National Stadium “Bird’s Nest”, CHANG’AN Ave, Beijing-Shanghai express railway and other key projects; a series of specialty resin such as polypropylene resin used for the seats of National Stadium, BOPP resin with super high speed and high strength, PPR pipe specialty material, auto bumper specialty material and polyethylene specialty material for gas pipe, film grade and bottle grade polyester chip etc;active polyester fiber filament, gel dyed acrylic fibers and other new synthetic fibers with high added value. SINOPEC owns 20 large categories of catalysts. The category of the new product is gradually increasing meanwhile the product quality and performance is also upgrading. Brand awareness, reputation and market share keep expanding.


3 Patents granted over the years


Application and authorization 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Domestic application 1037 1094 1135 1854 2823
authorization 824 813 721 756 984
Overseas application 61 122 225 135 114
authorization 44 62 173 37 72

By the end of 2010, SINOPEC has accumulatively applied for 19001 patents among which 1584 pieces were applied overseas. In total, 10587 patents were granted in which 742 were granted overseas.


4 Awards received


4.1 “National Award for Science & Technology Advancement” 2010


First Prize


Exploration and development of Tahe Large Size Ordovician Carbonate Reservoir


Second Price


Technology breakthrough in 3-Dimensional 3-Component seismic and efficient exploration of deep tight gas field


Quantitative description, control technology and industrial application of high capacity channel in high water cut oilfield


Research and application of effective percolation theory and development method on oil reservoir with ultra low permeability


Technology development and application of key equipment for post-reaction system of the heavy oil FCC


Large-scale PTA production key technology – development and application of hydro-fining catalyst and reaction process


Integrated development and industrialized application of single series large-scale oil refining technology


Development and application of super large hydrogenation reactor


Several key technologies and application of safety and calamity protection of ocean engineering


Reservoir protective sustainable exploitation of microbial oil recovery controlling technology and industrial application


Key technology and its application of energy saving & emission reduction for dense multiphase flow and chemical reactions coupling system


4.2 “National Award for Technological Invention” 2010


Second Prize


Catalytic oxidation new material – hollow titanium silica molecular siev


5 Science and technology innovation


Focusing on core businesses and intensifying key areas, we optimized and integrated technology development capabilities in terms of fundamental research, application research and technology development to enhance theoretical and technological innovation. In addition, we continuously developed ten key R&D projects, and giving full play to innovation of science and technology as an accelerator to support our core business development.


Sinopec has made continuous breakthroughs in E&P theories and technologies. New development and integration have been achieved in theoretical system and auxiliary technology for continental basin oil and gas exploration and production. Series of technology for stable production in major oilfields have been developed, such as water flooding EOR, tertiary oil recovery, viscous oil recovery, low permeability oil and gas field development, beach oilfield development. The theoretical system and supporting technology for congruent basin oil and gas exploration and production have taken an initial shape. Comprehensive progress has been made in petroleum engineering technologies, including reservoir geophysics, high-precision 3-dimensional seismic, automatic vertical drilling, and reservoir reconstruction.


SINOPEC has mastered the world's advanced level of the whole process refining technology, and enjoys capability to build large–sized modern refineries with single train capacity more than 10 million tpa relying on the self-developed technologies. 1 million tpa ultra low pressure CCR technology has been developed successfully. The FCC gasoline adsorption de-sulfurization (S-Zorb) technology has been fully upgraded. 8 million tpa Hainan Refinery and 10 million tpa Qingdao Refinery have been set up majorly with self-developed technologies. Also based on the self-developed technology, we achieved fuel quality upgrading to the GB II, III Standards, meanwhile developed gasoline and diesel production technology in line with EU IV emission requirement and some of them satisfied with EU V emission requirement.


SINOPEC has accelerated the innovation on integration of petrochemical technologies, mastering and owning principal petrochemical technologies. Large-scale ethylene cracker and ethylene separation technology is comparable to world advanced level. 1-Million-ton capacity ethylene unit relying on the self-developed technology can be designed and built. Maoming 1 million tpa ethylene plant has been expanded and revamped. Tianjin and Zhenhai 1 million tpa ethylene projects have been constructed. Whole set of technologies for large-size ethyl-benzene, caprolactam, polyethylene, polypropylene production were developed and commercialized successfully.


The Company boasts 20 academicians of China Academy of Science and China Academy of Engineering, 25,000 full-time R&D professionals. In the 8 directly affiliated research institutes of Sinopec, more than 35% of the total employees get Master degree or Doctorate.