China's total apparent oil demand will likely rise 6.2 percent this year to 483 million tonnes, or 9.66 million barrels per day, off an 11.4-percent growth last year, a CNPC research arm has forecast.

China, the world's second-largest oil user, will slow down adding new crude refining capacities this year, at an estimated 24.5 million tonnes, or 490,000 bpd, versus last year's addition of 640,000 bpd, company officials told Reuters, citing a company research report.

CNPC also forecast that the country would process 8.68 to 8.88 million bpd crude this year, compared to last year's 8.42 million bpd. (tonne=7.3 barrels)