Shell marks 40 years of petrochemicals production at Moerdijk

28 February 2014 15:04 Source:ICIS News

ShellLONDON (ICIS)--Shell on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to its core petrochemicals production site at Moerdijk in the Netherlands, 40 years after start-up.

The Moerdijk plants currently can produce 900,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, 500, 000 tonnes/year of propylene, butadiene and other building block chemicals, including ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, styrene monomer and propylene oxide. The site has a total of 5.4m tonnes/year of capacity.

The first production plants at the site, which is strategically located between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp and linked by pipeline with the Shell refinery at Pernis in Rotterdam, started up in 1973 and total capacity has nearly tripled since then. The cracker was upgraded in 2000.

“After 40 years, Shell Moerdijk remains a high-performing site that continues to deliver value to Shell,” Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President for Shell Chemicals, said.

“Its tight integration with Shell’s Pernis refinery has brought many advantages, including access to competitive feedstocks and efficiencies in infrastructure, operations, logistics and shared manufacturing expertise. Shell expects to continue investing in this key petrochemical asset.”

The Shell Moerdijk plants cover 250 hectares (790 acres) of land and the company said that it still had an additional 70 hectares “to accommodate potential growth”.

By Nigel Davis