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Shell shut GO-1 ethylene unit for debottlenecking

October 11/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Fluor was contracted to execute direct-hire construction for the GO-1 Ethylene unit at Shell Chemical Company's Norco Refinery in Norco, Louisiana, as per Fluor's press release.

The GO-1 unit scope involved considerable equipment and piping change out, including pumps, exchangers, vessels and major process gas compression equipment, during unit shutdown.

In addition to the work in the GO-1 unit, the project included electrical and piping off-sites as well as a separate project to install all new facilities required for the installation of a new OL-5 unit ethylene furnace.

As MRC informed before, operations were stable on 13 September at Royal Dutch Shell Plcs 340,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture refinery in Deer Park, Texas, after the upper Houston Ship Channel was closed by protesters from Greenpeace USA. The Deer Park refinery is a 50-50 joint-venture between Shell and Mexicos national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Shell is the managing partner of the joint-venture. Shell has three crackers at Deer Park site with a combined ethylene capacity of 1,67 mln per year and petrochemical plants.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,255,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, ethylene, Shell, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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