SOURCE: Axial Vector Energy Corp.

September 07, 2010 05:51 ET

Axial Vector Energy Corporation JV Partner, Petrosonics, LLC, Awarded Patent in the People's Republic of China, the World's 2nd Largest Oil Consumer

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  Axial Vector Energy Corporation ("AVEC") (PINKSHEETS: AXVC) (FRANKFURT: BAE1) announced today that its PETRO AVEC JV partner, Petrosonics, LLC, was recently awarded a patent in China, protecting the process of removing sulfur from all types of crude oil fractions through sonic energy, oxidation and the removal of all of the oxidized sulfur through hydrotreatment. The patent will remain in force for 20 years.

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), China consumed an estimated 8 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of oil in 2009, making it the second-largest oil consumer in the world behind the United States. China's net oil imports were approximately 4 million bbl/d in 2008, making it the third-largest net oil importer in the world behind the United States and Japan. EIA forecasts that China's oil consumption will continue to grow, with oil demand reaching 8.2 million bbl/d in 2010.

China had 6.4 million bbl/d of crude oil refining capacity at 53 facilities as of January 2009, according to OGJ. The Government's goal is to raise refining capacity to 8.8 million bbl/d by 2011. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, refinery utilization in China increased from 67 percent in 1998 to 89 percent in 2008.

Sinopec and CNPC are the two dominant players in China's oil refining sector, accounting for 50 percent and 35 percent of the capacity, respectively. However, CNOOC entered the downstream arena and commissioned the company's first refinery, the 240,000 bbl/d Huizhou plant, in March 2009 in order to process the high-sulfur crudes from its Bohai Bay fields. Sinopec and PetroChina plan to commission about 450,000 bbl/d and 400,000 bbl/d, respectively, of expansion and greenfield capacity by 2011. PetroChina (CNPC) is recently branching out to acquire refinery stakes in other countries in efforts to move downstream and secure more global trading and arbitrage opportunities. The company recently purchased a 45.5 percent stake in Singapore Petroleum for $1 billion, and received approval to purchase 49 percent of Nippon Oil's Osaka refinery in Japan in June 2009.


PETRO-AVEC LLC is a joint venture between AVEC and Petrosonics, LLC to develop, finance and market Petrosonics sulfur removal technology globally. The joint venture is owned 60% by Petrosonics, LLC and 40% by AVEC.

About Petrosonics, LLC

Petrosonics, LLC is a privately held, U.S. based oil refining and production technology company. Petrosonics' patented products and services utilize high power ultrasound energy in order to reduce sulfur, nitrogen, and trace metals in refinery intermediates and product streams. Intermediates and product streams receiving the Petrosonics treatment show reductions in oil density and viscosity, reduced hydrogen use/loss, and increases in API specific gravity and volume. The proprietary Petrosonics technology has additional application in treating and/or pretreating sour crude oils. Petrosonics was formed in 2001 by Mark Cullen, M.D. Dr. Cullen was previously the President and CEO of SulphCo. Today, Petrosonics has acquired and continues to expand its patent portfolio for all of the significant intellectual property associated with ultrasound assisted oxidative desulphurization of oil fractions and the upgrade and desulphurization of crude oil. 

About Axial Vector Energy Corporation

Axial Vector Energy Corporation (AVEC) is a global solutions provider that owns, develops, invest in and licenses revolutionary technologies including, internal combustion engine and electric power generator technologies that have unlimited potential in military, industrial and commercial applications. AVEC and its partners are positioned to become unrivalled leaders in international engine and energy markets with technologies that produce more efficient, cost effective, environmentally sensitive and versatile solutions for use in a wide variety of important applications around the world.

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