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Published on : Mar 17, 2015

Shell Chemicals has increased the production volume and improved the energy efficiency at its German plant in the Wesseling complex.

Within the project, Shell has renovated furnaces, column systems, and compressors for its 2A steam cracker. The improvements are aimed at lowering the stack’s temperatures in order to be more fuel efficient.

After the upgrade, Shell said that the steam cracker produces 15 per cent more C4, propylene, pygas, and ethylene than prior to the revamp.

Graham van Hoff, the executive vice president for Shell Chemicals, said that the project was derived from Shell’s strategy to bolster the refining chemicals integration and the position of the feedstock of their core production locations across the globe.

He added that the improvements have made the Shell Wesseling facility even more strong and competitive than before.

With a similar 2A steam cracker situated at the Rheinland facility for Shell, the cracker sources feedstock and makes use of by product flow from the refinery.

The steam cracker creates petrochemicals of building blocks, which includes heavy olefins, propylene, ethylene, and aromatic feeds to create toluene and benzene.

The products are used to create a wide array of items in packaging, insulation, cable sheathing, injection molding, trash lining, and carrier bags.

The project was initiated to improve the throughput and boost feedstock flexibility at the 2A cracker. The project was started immediately after Shell shut down its 2B cracker towards the end of 2011.

Other manufacturing plants owned by Shell Chemicals are located in Singapore, Canada, the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the Netherlands. The company also owns three research centers in India, the Netherlands, and the U.S.