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Shell produces high-end chemicals from plastic waste at US plant

January 20/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shell announced in a press release that it has successfully produces high-end chemicals using a liquid feedstock made from plastic waste at its chemical plant in Norco, Louisiana, the US, reported NCT.

The company said that a breakthrough technique, known as pyrolysis, was used to make chemicals feedstocks or fuels.

Shell also noted that it aims to use 1 million tons of plastic waste a year in its chemicals plants in Asia, Europe and North America by 2025.

As MRC informed earlier, Shell Singapore restarted its naphtha cracker in Bukom Island in early December 2019, following a two months maintenance shutdown since the beginning of October 2019. Thus, this cracker was taken off-stream for the turnaround on 1 October 2019. The cracker is able to produce 960,000 tons/year of ethylene and 550,000 tons/year of propylene.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,904,410 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments increased from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,161,830 tonnes in January-November 2019, up by 7% year on year. Deliveries of all grades of propylene polymers increased, with the homopolymer PP segment accounting for the largest increase.

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.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Shell, Russia, Singapore, USA.
Category:General News
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