PetroChina to cut Feb crude runs by 10% due to virus -company official

* Feb cuts average 320,000 bpd, about 10%

* March reduction seen at 377,000 bpd

* Total cuts by state refiners around 940,000 bpd in Feb

* In talks with Mideast suppliers to defer or reduce intake (Adds detail on cuts at some PetroChina (PTR) plants)

By Chen Aizhu and Muyu Xu

SINGAPORE/BEIJING, Feb 10 (Reuters) - PetroChina (PTR) plans to reduce its planned crude throughput by 320,000 barrels per day (bpd) this month as the new coronavirus hits fuel demand, an official at China's second-biggest state refiner told Reuters on Monday.

The February cut is equivalent to about 10% of its average production rate of around 3.32 million bpd.

It will bring total production cuts by state refiners, including Sinopec Corp and China National Offshore Oil Company, to around 940,000 bpd this month.

PetroChina's (PTR) cut is likely to deepen to 377,000 bpd in March, said the senior company official with direct knowledge of the matter. He declined to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Reuters reported last week that Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner, is cutting its throughput this month by 600,000 bpd, or 12% of its average crude runs, its deepest reduction in more than a decade.

Independent Chinese refiners in Shandong have slashed output to below half of their capacity.

"The production cuts are mostly at refineries in northeast and north China, where demand is being hit harder than in the western parts of the country," the PetroChina (PTR) official said.

PetroChina (PTR) started reducing production at the beginning of the month but deepened its cuts on Monday, the official said.

PetroChina (PTR) did not respond to a request for comment.

The state oil major is talking with its key long-term suppliers such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates about possibly deferring cargo loadings or trimming loading volumes, the official said, without giving further details.

"We're monitoring the market on a daily basis. But from what we've observed now, there seems little chance for a fuel demand recovery in March," the official said.

PetroChina (PTR) is also lowering operations from this week at its 200,000-bpd Qinzhou refinery, a subsidiary plant in southern Guangxi province, said a plant manager, without elaborating.

Its plant in north China's Ningxia region since Feb 3 has been working at 67% of its crude processing capacity of 100,000 bpd, a historic low, the plant said on its official social media blog on Sunday.

Its 260,000-bpd refinery in the southwest province of Yunnan bordering Myanmar which processes Saudi oil, said last week it would lower output.

(Reporting by Chen Aizhu in Singapore and Muyu Xu in Beijing; editing by Kim Coghill and Jason Neely)

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