China opens oil bourse in Shanghai
Updated: 2006-08-18 16:03
SHANGHAI -- Shanghai Petroleum Exchange, China's first bourse for the spot
transaction of oil products, formally opened on Friday.
located in the Pudong New District, began trading in gasoline and will trade
bitumen, methanol and glycol in the near future, said the bourse's general
manager Chen Zhenping.
Dealers work in the
trading room of the Shanghai Petroleum Exchange in Shanghai August 18,
2006. The new Shanghai Petroleum Exchange was launched with the sound of a
gong on Friday, but traders said the market's success could hinge on
whether China allows more price flexibility.
Chen said the exchange will launch trading in
other petroleum and chemical products in the future including crude and refined
oil and liquefied gas.
Chen said his organization will adopt
international oil trading practices and state-of-the-art transaction
technologies to offer intermediary services on an efficient and low-cost trading
The exchange has reached deals with 65 traders, at least 10
warehouses and two banks.
With a registered capital of 105 million yuan (13
million US dollars), the exchange is a joint venture between Shanghai Jiulian
Group and four domestic petroleum and chemical giants including PetroChina and
The opening ceremony for the exchange was held on Friday
morning at Shanghai International Convention Center on the bank of Huangpu River
to mark the exchange's formal inauguration.
Ministry of Commerce said in
a congratulatory letter the inauguration of the exchange is an important move to
strengthen China's petroleum market.
It would also help sharpen the
competitive edge of Chinese petroleum and chemical companies and increase
Shanghai's supply of crude oil, said Shanghai's vice mayor Zhou Yupeng.
China's petroleum market is expected to see consumption of crude and
refined oil accelerate this year, said Gong Jinshuang, senior engineer with the
research institute of China National Petroleum Corporation, the country's
largest oil producer.
Total net imports and output of crude oil in the
first half of this year were 161.99 million tons, up 8.2 percent over the first
half of last year and that of refined oil products was 96.85 million tons, up
19.2 percent, said Gong.
China's crude oil output totaled 91.66 million
tons in the first six months, a 2.1-percent rise on the first half of last year,
according to China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association.
first half of the year, the country produced 84.82 million tons of refined oil
products, up 5.6 percent.
The General Administration of Customs said net
imports of crude oil were up 17.6 percent to 70.33 million tons from January to
June, and that of refined oil products jumped 48.3 percent to 12.03 million