Shell to not close down Wesseling aromatics unit, reverses plan

13 October 2011 17:52  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell will not permanently close down its aromatics plant at its Wesseling refining and cracker site near Cologne, Germany – contrary to an earlier plan to shut the unit next year, an official said on Thursday.

"It is true that we will not permanently close the aromatics plant at Wesseling next year,” Shell spokesman Kim Blomley told ICIS in confirming a German media report.

However, Blomley would not comment on the reason for the decision, or on capacities.

According to ICIS, Shell’s aromatics capacities at Wesseling include 160,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 140,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene.

In related news, Anglo-Dutch energy major Shell said on 2 October that it will close its 240,000 tonne/year 2B cracker at Wesseling in November, as previously announced. The cracker is one of two that Shell operates at the site.

In July, Shell began work on a 3.8km (2.4 mile) pipeline project to integrate Wesseling with its nearby Godorf refining site.

For more on Shell and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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