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Shell restarting chemical facility in Geismar

September 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) - Royal Dutch Shell, the largest oil producer in the US Gulf of Mexico, said on Monday its Geismar chemical facility in Louisiana is restarting, two weeks after Hurricane Ida forced it shut, reported Reuters.

The site continues to experience utility and feedstock constraints but has resumed loading capabilities and shipping product, the company said in a statement.

The Norco to Kenner pipeline, which carries gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the Shell terminal at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, has also been returned to service.

Shells Appomattox, Enchilada/Salsa, and Auger platforms continue to ramp up production, while its Mars, Ursa, and Olympus assets remain shut in, the company said. Meanwhile, damage assessments continued at the Shell Pipeline-operated West Delta-143 offshore facility.

As MRC wrote previously, Shell found evidence of building damage at its 230,611-bpd Norco, Louisiana refinery. But sources familiar with plant operations did not know the extent of the damage or time needed to make the repairs. Shell is awaiting the restoration of external electrical power to the Norco refining and chemical plant complex.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) 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.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, Shell, USA.
Category:General News
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