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Linde and Shell team up to commercialize lower-carbon technology for ethylene

October 16/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde GmbH and Shell have announced an exclusive collaboration agreement on ethane-oxidative dehydrogenation (E-ODH) technology for ethylene production, as per Shell"s press release.

The catalytic process is an alternative route to ethane steam cracking, offering the potential of economic advantages, acetic acid co-production and significantly lower overall carbon footprint through electrification of power input.

The two companies have been developing E-ODH independently for many years and this new collaboration brings together their complimentary patent positions, expert know-how and common commitment to a lower-carbon future. The agreement will enable accelerated deployment of this novel technology across the wider chemicals sector, with Linde marketing to customers under the name EDHOX.

"With the EDHOX process, we have not only developed a cost-efficient alternative but are also providing the petrochemical industry with a low-emission process�, said John van der Velden, senior vice president Global Sales & Technology at Linde Engineering. �For decades, we have been actively developing technologies for more sustainability in this industry - from efficiency improvements to carbon management and new process routes. We are convinced that Linde"s EDHOX technology position will be strengthened by Shell?s intellectual property and know-how in this area."

Thomas Casparie, executive vice president of Shell�s global chemicals business, said: �Base chemicals are transformed into a range of finished products that help society live, work and respond to climate change. We look forward to our Shell in-house innovation going on to contribute to the collective reduction of carbon emissions from the manufacture of chemicals. It�s been great to work with Linde on this ambitious and creative combination of technology.�

As MRC informed before, TechnipFMC says it has been awarded a contract by Shell to supply eight new ethylene furnaces at the Moerdijk petrochemicals complex in the Netherlands. The contract is described as �significant� by TechnipFMC, a term it uses to cover value between USD75 million and USD250 million.

We remind that Shell will announce a major restructure by the end of the year as the company prepares to accelerate its shift toward its net-zero emissions goal by 2050, said CEO Ben van Beurden to employees. The restructuring will include workforce reductions as part of broader cost-cutting measures, although no figures have been decided yet, the CEO reportedly said during an internal webcast.

Ethylene is the main feedstock for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to MRC"s ScanPlast report, Russia"s estimated PE consumption totalled 1,496,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of all ethylene polymers increased, except for linear low desnity polyethylene (LLDPE).

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.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PE, LLDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Linde Group, Shell, Technip, Netherlands, Russia.
Category:General News
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