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Shell licensee selects Axens to supply modular Prime-G+ unit to Buenos Aires refinery

June 03/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Raizen Argentina, Shell licensee, has selected Axens for the modular supply of a FCC gasoline hydrodesulphurization unit Prime-G+ in its Buenos Aires refinery, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Raizen Argentina is developing a modernization and expansion program for its existing 110,000 BPSD Buenos Aires refinery to meet more stringent motor fuels specifications by January 1st 2024.

Part of this program, downstream the FCC unit, a smart integrated solution based on the Prime-G+ technology was selected to upgrade the gasoline pool quality along with high performance catalysts. This 10,200 BPSD Prime-G+ unit will be delivered in module to enable Raizen to execute the project in a very competitive schedule.

This modular solution supplied by Axens derisks project schedule, and typically save up to 6 months while ensuring the adequate performance of the unit. This is achieved by high degree of pre-fabrication and pre-commissioning. On top of that, risks inherent to site activities, including safety, are drastically reduced using this execution strategy.

As MRC informed before, Royal Dutch Shell has just agreed to sell its stake in an offshore gas field in the Philippines for USD460m as part of its strategy to narrow its oil and gas operations.

Besides, last week, Shell agreed to sell its controlling interest in a Texas refinery to partner Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for about USD596 million. And in early May, Shell announced the sale of its 149,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Washington to Hollyfrontier Corp.

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.

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, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Axens, Shell, Argentina, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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