Lawmaker opposes CPC stations in China
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Lawmaker Hsu Chung-hsin of the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday called for state-run oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan to suspend its plan of setting up gasoline filling stations in Fujian province of mainland China and exporting its oil products to the mainland.
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Hsu issued the call at a press conference held yesterday morning at the Legislative Yuan after expressing the TSU's opposition to the plan.
“We strongly oppose the CPC's plan to cooperate with PetroChina Co., Ltd. to set up 200 gas filling stations in Fujian province and refine oil for the Chinese partner or ship oil products to the mainland,” Hsu said.
Hsu continued that refining oil for PetroChiuna will lead to high carbon emissions and worsen air pollution in Taiwan, making Taiwan an “oil refining island” and making the goal of emission reduction hard to be accomplished.
In response, Bi Shu-chien, chief of CPC's trading department, said that the CPC has no plan to ship its oil products to mainland China, adding that the plan to set up gas filling stations with PetroChina is still on the drawing board.
Meanwhile, Chen Si-ming, a division chief at the State-owned Enterprise Commission, said that the CPC turns out 700,000 tons of oil products per day, with 11 percent of gasoline, 30 percent of diesel oil and 3 percent of fuel oil products exported, mainly to Indonesia, the Philippines and New Zealand. He said it's an imperative task for CPC to explore new export markets.