Shell to build 500 tonne/year diphenyl carbonate unit in Singapore

08 December 2011 14:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell is to build a demonstration unit in Singapore capable of producing 500 tonnes/year of diphenyl carbonate (DPC), the Anglo-Dutch oil major said on Thursday.

DPC is a key intermediate in the production of polycarbonate (PC) – a versatile and growing engineering plastic used in a wide variety of applications, from optical media, household items and automotive components to electronics and sheeting/film, added Shell.

The company said the unit, to be built on Jurong Island, will manufacture sufficient volumes of DPC through a proprietary process to supply selected customers in the PC industry for their evaluation and acceptance.

Shell Chemicals executive vice-president Ben van Beurden said: “This investment decision is an important step towards commercialising DPC as a new product for Shell Chemicals. The polycarbonate industry has enjoyed good demand growth and Shell’s advantaged route to polycarbonate production can provide the platform for us to become a major supplier of feedstock to the industry."

“Shell already supplies phenol and acetone to the polycarbonate sector. DPC produced via a phosgene-free route has the potential to become a significant intermediate and fits well with our strategy, portfolio and customer base,” van Beurden added.

Financial figures and a start-up date for the project were not disclosed.

For more on PC, phenol and acetone, visit ICIS chemical intelligence


By: Leigh Stringer
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