Shell completes turnaround, raises capacity at CNOOC venture

24 August 2010 18:12  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals has successfully completed a turnaround and debottlenecking of an ethylene cracker at its Nanhai petrochemicals joint venture in Guangdong, China, it said on Tuesday.

Ethylene capacity has now increased to 950,000 tonnes/year from 800,000 tonnes/year, with total petrochemical production at the plant rising to 2.7m tonnes from 2.3m tonnes, Shell Chemicals said.

“The decision to increase capacity at Nanhai supports the Shell strategy to grow selectively and to continue to remain a leader in the expanding Asian petrochemicals market,” said executive vice president Ben van Beurden.

Nanhai is a joint venture with China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC). It produces ethylene, propylene, butadiene, polyethylene, polypropylene, monoethylene glycol, styrene monomer, propylene oxide, polyols and propylene glycol. 

The turnaround took place in March and April this year, Shell Chemicals said in a statement.

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