11 December 2009 08:07 [Source: ICIS news]
By John Richardson
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--An ethane shortage is slowing Shell Chemicals' ambitions for building at least one cracker complex in Qatar, Ben van Beurden, executive vice-president of the company said on Friday.
“There are only so many allocations of ethane available from ?xml:namespace>
Van Beurden was speaking on the sidelines of the official opening of Shell’s 750,000 tonne//year OMEGA process MEG plant at
Van Beurden also said that using naphtha from the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) project in
“The numbers don’t work compared to the economics of gas cracking, and to the alternative value from shipping the naphtha to where the demand is strong – for example, to Asia.”
The Pearl GTL project - a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Shell – will produce high-paraffinic naphtha, along with gasoil, base oils, kerosene and normal paraffin.
Mechanical completion is due in Q4 next year with production ramp-up expected to take place from late 2010 into 2011, according to a Shell statement.
Last month, Shell further cemented its relationship with
“We have a long relationship with
“We are continuing to look at a cracker project on the eastern seaboard of
Shell, PetroChina and Qatar Petroleum announced in August that they were planning to build a refinery and petrochemical complex in Zheijiang province.
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