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Shell and Pryme to convert plastic waste into pyrolysis oil

October 07/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Shell plans to use pyrolysis oil derived from plastic waste in its crackers in Moerdijk, the Netherlands and Rheinland, Germany, said the company. 

Pryme will supply Shell from its first plant located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Currently under construction, the plant is scheduled to become operational in 2022 and is forecast to convert 60,000 tonnes of plastic waste into pyrolysis oil annually.

Shell will use Prymes pyrolysis oil in its Moerdijk (The Netherlands) and Rheinland (Germany) crackers to make circular chemicals products.

The agreement also includes provision for future supply to be delivered from Prymes proposed second plant in the region. The proposed plant will have an estimated annual pyrolysis oil production capacity of 350,000 tonnes. Start-up for the second plant is planned for 2024.

Pryme also proposes to build a second plant in Rotterdam, which will have capacity of 350,000 tonnes and is planned to go online in 2024. Under the agreement, the second Pryme plant could also supply Shell with pyrolysis oil in the future.

With increasing demand for circular chemicals from customers, our agreement with Pryme enables us to significantly grow volumes as early as next year, said Thomas Casparie, SVP North West Europe, Shell Chemicals and Products.

Shell has committed to processing 1m tonnes/year of plastic waste for recycling by 2025.

As per MRC, Royal Dutch Shell has suspended scheduled repairs at a cracker on Pulau Bukom Island, Singapore due to measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Shell has suspended repairs to its cracking unit due to staffing problems related to the tightening of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 by the Singapore government. The original plan was to close the plant for about a week in the first half of October.

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 is an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague (Netherlands). Shell conducts geological exploration and production of oil and gas in more than 80 countries around the world. The company fully or partially owns more than 30 oil refineries. In addition, Shell owns a significant number of chemical plants, as well as the production of solar panels and other alternative energy sources.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Shell, recycling, sustainable development.
Category:General News
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