I. Profile of Shenhua Group Corporation Limited & NICE
Founded in 1995, Shenhua Group Corporation Limitedis one of the key State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) directly overseen by the central government. As a super large coal-based integrated energy company and the world's largest coal supplier, Shenhua Group is ranked 178th among the Fortune Global Top 500 Companies and 21st on the China Top 500 Enterprise list. It is headquartered in Beijing, with business presence in 29 Chinese provinces and autonomous regions and also countries such as Russia, Australia and Indonesia. The China Shenhua Energy Company Limited, wholly founded by Shenhua Group, went public in Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2005 and Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2007. In the past several years, Shenhua Group and China Shenhua have been bestowed many awards, including "China Industrial Award", "Outstanding Corporate Governance Company", "Top 10 Best Companies Listed on the Main Board", etc.
Shenhua Group is a company with unique competitive edge. It has not only a diversified business portfolio covering coal, power, railway, port, shipping, coal-to-liquids and coal-to-chemicals, but also a supply chain that integrates production, transportation and sales. Its unique strength lies in the synergy between its business sectors and low cost operations.
Shenhua Group has a total asset of 821.9 billion RMB and 215,000 employees; it owns 62 coal mines, railways of 1,466.53 kilometers, 2 coal export ports, a shipping company with 11 ships, and power plants with a total installed capacity of over 63.2311 GW. In addition, it is home to the world's first direct coal liquefaction (DCL) demonstration plant with an annual capacity of over 1 million tons, as well as the world's first and largest coal-to-olefin demonstration plant. In 2012, Shenhua Group produced 460 million tons of raw coal with a death rate of 0.0043 per million tons and sold 605 million tons of merchantable coal. Its railways achieved a total transportation volume of 343 million tons, its power plants generated 285.445 billion kWh of electricity and its ports handled 145 million tons of cargos. The appreciation rate of state assets in Shenhua is leading the industry, with its economic contribution rate ranked first in the industry for many years. Its annual profit is among the best of the enterprises under the direct supervision of the central government, and its safety records one of the best in the world.
Talent is always placed at the forefront of Shenhua's mind. Acting under an open-minded talent philosophy, the company has implemented 10 talent programs and attracted 25 experts of "Thousand Talents Program" to work here in the past several years, leading the key SOEs in this regard. Shenhua Group adheres to the principle of open and transparent recruitment and strives to provide a platform for all talents to realize their potential through single-minded dedication, relentless efforts and excellent performance.
Shenhua Group puts a premium on environmental protection and low-carbon development in a carbon-intensive industry. Subsidence repair has been actively carried out. Greenery rate of its major mines has been lifted from 3%-11% at the beginning of extraction to over 60%. Alongside these, it also established the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) and the World Coal Strategic Research Institute to press ahead research in the field of low-carbon and clean energy. The company is also marching into new areas such as wind and solar power and shale gas development in a bid to power the country with safe and clean energy.
Shenhua Group lives up to its social responsibilities and pursues mutual benefits for the company and local communities. It is awarded as the "Most Social Responsible Chinese Enterprises" in the light of its arduous efforts in actively organizing various activities to support Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions, helping the reconstruction at the disaster-stricken areas and constantly improving the living standards of local communities. In adopting the concept of harmonious and win-win development, it has built a good relationship with local governments, stake holders, clients and suppliers.
Looking into the future, Shenhua Group has embraced a new developing strategy of "Pursuing scientific development, re-shaping Shenhua, doubling the economic aggregate in 5 years and building the company into a world-class coal-based integrated energy company". With this strategic target in mind and the public on its side, Shenhua has set itself on a course towards becoming one of the Top 100 enterprises of the Fortune Global 500 through innovation and hard work by the end of 12th Five-Year-Plan Period (2011-2015).
As an energy research institute established under the auspices of the central government and managed by Shenhua Group, National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) is a demonstration project to help transform the old R&D regime to a new one that features an enterprise-centred collaboration between business, academia and government. Its objective is to build a world class low carbon energy technology research institute with top-rank talents, facilities and environment. Its priorities include the recruitment of overseas top talents, basic research on the application of low carbon energy, development and integration of low carbon energy technologies, development strategy and technical roadmap for renewable energy.
NICE is committed to the development of technologies in the following fields: new approaches to coal conversion and modification; emission reduction of coal-fired plants and IGCC power plants; CO2 capture and storage (CCS) and CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR); renewable energy and chemical products; energy storage; synthetic natural gas (SNG); syngas to fuels and chemical products; direct coal liquefaction etc.
So far, NICE has made significant progresses in low-rank coal pyrolysis technology, FT synthesis catalyst, coal gasification, direct liquefaction residues utilization, coal to natural gas conversion, methanation catalyst and other fields. NICE has established partnership with 6 leading Chinese universities and research institutes such as Tsinghua University, China Academy of Science as well as 4 overseas enterprises and laboratories.
The goal of NICE is to develop a host of advanced technologies with independent IPRs within 2 - 3 years, build itself into a world-class research institute and become the "experimental field" and "demonstration base" of low carbon energy development in China and in the world as well within 5 - 10 years.
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