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Shell Norco, Louisiana, refinery returns to normal operations

September 23/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc returned its 227,400 barrel-per-day (bpd) oil refinery at Norco, Louisiana, to normal operations on Monday, said sources familiar with plant operations, said Reuters.

Shell returned the 240,000-bpd crude distillation unit (CDU) and 14,800-bpd alkylation unit to production as well as restarting the 40,000-bpd reformer, the sources said.

Shell spokesman Curtis Smith declined to comment.

The reformer was shut for maintenance on Sept. 8. The CDU and the alkylation unit were taken out of production on Sept. 14 as the refinery reduced production because of the threat from Hurricane Sally. Shell then decided to keep the two units offline for maintenance.

As MRC informed earlier, in May 2020, CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co. Ltd (CNOOC), Shell Nanhai B.V (Shell) and the Huizhou Government have announced a strategic cooperation agreement to further expand the CNOOC and Shell Petrochemical Company (CSPC) 50:50 joint venture in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China.

The expansion is planned to serve the growing number of intermediate and performance chemicals customers in the key market of China, supplying products including SMPO, polyols, ethylene glycol, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). These chemicals are used in a wide range of end products, in healthcare, construction, fabrics, packaging, transport and electronics. For the first time in Asia, Shell would apply its advanced technology for linear alpha olefins. The project is intended to include construction of a new 1.5 million-tonnes-per-year ethylene cracker, with the mega-site bringing economies of scale and enhanced competitiveness.

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

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.

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, PP, PE, petrochemistry, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited (CSPC), Shell.
Category:General News
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