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Pilipinas Shell hydrogen project resumes as coronavirus curbs eased

June 18/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp said it has resumed construction of an integrated hydrogen manufacturing facility at its Tabangao refinery in the Philippines, after being hampered by the coronavirus lockdown, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Restrictions on movement have been eased in Philippine provinces and cities with low coronavirus cases to help restore business activity in the Southeast Asian economy.

The local unit of Shell had planned to complete the project this year in partnership with Air Liquide Philippines Inc.

"We intend to complete the project promptly, a company spokesperson told Reuters. However, we would need to consider, adopt and adapt to new labour safety restrictions, and assess the impact these would have on our completion timelines."

The facility, which will be the first of its kind in the country, will enable the 110,000-barrel-per-day Tabangao refinery in Batangas City, south of the capital Manila, to process more crude oil varieties into quality fuels.

Operations at the Tabangao refinery have been suspended indefinitely due to poor domestic fuel demand and refining margins caused by the lockdown.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 721,290 tonnes in the first four month of 2020, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments grew partially because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim.  At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 347,440 tonnes in January-April 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Supply exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 557,060 tonnes in the first three month of 2020, up by 7% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments rose because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. Demand for LDPE subsided.

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:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, Shell.
Category:General News
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