CNOOC and SHELL joint ven­ture starts pro­duc­tion

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CNOOC

(China Na­tional Off­shore Oil Corp) and Shell Nan­hai B.V. an­nounced the of­fi­cial start-up of the sec­ond eth­yl­ene cracker at their Nan­hai petro­chem­i­cals com­plex in Huizhou, Guang­dong Prov­ince, China. Sev­eral linked de­riv­a­tive units have also started up and the re­main­ing units will start up pro­gres­sively over the next few weeks. These new units were con­structed by CNOOC and are owned and op­er­ated by the ex­ist­ing CNOOC and Shell Petro­chem­i­cal Com­pany (CSPC) joint ven­ture ( JV).

The new eth­yl­ene cracker in­creases eth­yl­ene ca­pac- ity at the com­plex by around 1.2 mil­lion met­ric tons per year, more than dou­bling the ca­pac­ity of the com­plex, and ben­e­fits from a deep in­te­gra­tion with ad­ja­cent CNOOC re­finer­ies. The new fa­cil­ity will also in­clude a styrene monomer and propy­lene ox­ide (SMPO) plant, which will be the largest in China when it be­gins op­er­a­tions.

The new com­plex uti­lizes Shell’s pro­pri­etary OMEGA, SMPO and poly­ols tech­nolo­gies to pro­duce eth­yl­ene ox­ide, eth­yl­ene gly­col, propy­lene ox­ide and high-qual­ity poly­ols, as well as ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies for poly­olefins, phenol and oxo-al­co­hols pro­duc­tion. It is the first time that Shell’s in­dus­try-lead­ing OMEGA and ad­vanced poly­ols tech­nolo­gies have been ap­plied in China.

With a strong track record of re­li­able and safe op­er­a­tions, the petro­chem­i­cals com­plex pro­duces olefins and de­riv­a­tive prod­ucts that are used in a wide range of in­dus­trial and con­sumer prod­ucts, in­clud­ing house­hold ap­pli­ances, cars, fur­ni­ture and com­put­ers.

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