Shell Chemicals plans to invest in a feedstock swap at its Pernis-Moerdijk, the Netherlands refining and petrochemicals complex. This will enable its Moerdijk ethylene plant to crack hydrowax produced (currently used to produce gasoline) at its Pernis refinery. ABB Lummus Global has been awarded the contract to carry out the work, scheduled for completion in 2009.
The three ethylene plants that will use hydrowax as feedstock upon completion of the Pernis-Moerdijk project are:
* The 900,000 tpa Moerdijk ethylene plant that currently consumes naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas.
* The 470,000 tpa ethylene plant Wesseling, Germany.
* The 180,000 tpa ethylene plant at Heide, Germany.