Shell restarting ‘a number of units’ at Pernis site in the Netherlands

08 August 2017 15:12 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Shell is restarting “a number of units” at its Pernis refinery and petrochemicals site following the outage at a power station on 29 July, a spokesperson for the Anglo-Dutch energy and chemicals major said on Tuesday.

Shell had shut down most of its production units at the site in the Netherlands over the 29-30 July weekend following the outage.

Prices for some chemicals had come under intense pressure as a result.

European methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) spot prices  spiked this week as Shell accounts for around 25% of the region’s supply, according to sources earlier in the day.

“We are currently restarting a number of units as part of the phased restart of the full complex,” said the Shell spokesperson.

“Complete restart will take place in a structured and controlled way. Flaring and noise will be part of re-commissioning. We will do our utmost to minimize impact for residents,” the spokesperson added.

By Jonathan Lopez