EPCA ’12: Shell considering EO expansion project at Moerdijk

08 October 2012 11:06  [Source: ICIS news]

BUDAPEST (ICIS)--Shell Chemicals is considering whether to expand ethylene oxide (EO) production capacity at its Moerdijk site in the Netherlands, a company source said on the sidelines of the 46th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting on Monday.

The project is still at the “exploratory” stage, the source said, and no financial decision has yet been made.

The proposed expansion would include an increase in high-purity EO production capacity, the source said.

Shell is looking for interested parties willing to co-locate, in order to allow for increased “over-the-fence” EO sales, the source said.

No estimate was provided of how large the capacity expansion would be.

Shell’s Moerdijk facility currently has a nameplate EO equivalent (EOE) capacity of 305,000 tonnes/year, and 155,000 tonnes/year of ethylene glycol production.

The annual EPCA meeting runs from 6-10 October.

Caroline Murray contributed to this story

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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