Shell makes final decision to upgrade Singapore polyols facility

05 February 2013 02:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell has made a final investment decision to upgrade its Singapore production facility for polyols, which is expected to increase its capacity by 100, 000 tonnes/year, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant said on Tuesday.

This upgrading will also add new polyol grades to Shell’s product offer which include EO-tipped grades for moulding and high-resilience foam applications.

The project is expected to be completed in 2014, and it will strengthen Shell’s propylene oxide (PO) and derivatives business globally, Shell said in a statement.

“The additional volume and grades from this Singapore investment will enable us to meet customer demand growth from key markets in Asia, particularly China,” said Graham van’t Hoff, executive vice president for Shell Chemicals.

The upgrading will be achieved by optimising existing facilities and deploying a catalyst that improves the on-site conversion of PO and ethylene oxide (EO) to polyols, it said.

Polyols is used in the manufacture of high-quality foams in furniture, bedding and the automotive industry.

By: Surinder Malhi
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