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Shell partners with Singapore university on USD3.4 mln decarbonization study

May 18/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal Dutch Shell said it will be working with a university in Singapore in a research project worth SD4.6 million (USD3.4 million) over three years to convert carbon dioxide to fuels and petrochemicals, reported Reuters.

Researchers from Shell and the National University of Singapore (NUS) will develop processes to produce ethanol and n-propanol from carbon dioxide, a byproduct from industrial processes, the two organizations said in separate statements on their websites.

Ethanol and n-propanol can be blended with gasoline to produce cleaner burning fuels or further be dehydrated to produce ethylene and propylene, basic building blocks for plastics, they said. Current methods of converting carbon dioxide to fuels and chemicals are unable to produce the desired types of chemicals with yields that can meet industrial needs, NUS said.

As MRC informed before, in January, 2021, Shell Plc's Singapore bunkering unit, Shell Eastern Trading Pte Ltd, moved up a notch to be the top marine fuel supplier in the world's biggest ship refueling hub in 2020, official data showed, while the overall number of suppliers steadied after years of declines.

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 576,270 tonnes in the first three month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 410,890 tonnes in January-March 2021, up by 56% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, vazelin neftyanoy, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Shell, Russia, Singapore.
Category:General News
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