31 March 2008 23:02 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--Shell is investigating methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process technology alongside a series of technology projects, Stacy Methvin, president and CEO of Shell Chemicals LP, said on Monday.
The energy giant is searching for feedstock alternatives in a world of high crude prices, the changing make-up of the oil barrel and more limited supplies of natural gas.
Shell would want its own MTO process because of the potentially high premium on the technology, Methven said in an interview on the sidelines of the 33rd National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association (NPRA) meeting.
Current technology providers include UOP/Hydro and Lurgi.
The UOP/Hydro process is being demonstrated in a Total Petrochemicals unit in ?xml:namespace>
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