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Shell Moerdijk to build new pyrolysis oil upgrader unit

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Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk has revealed a new investment that supports its plan to transition the chemicals park into a site able to serve the changing needs of customers.
Shell Moerdijk will build a new pyrolysis oil upgrader unit that improves the quality of pyrolysis oil, a liquid made from hard-to-recycle plastic waste, and turns it into chemical feedstock for its plants.
The investment marks a first major step in transitioning the park, within 10 years, by increasing the use of circular and bio-based feedstocks, growing its offer of low-carbon products and becoming net zero emissions through the application of hydrogen and CCS.
“As our customers demand more low-carbon and circular chemicals we are seeing the reinvention of the chemical industry. At Shell Moerdijk and across our global chemicals business, Shell is investing to be ready to meet our customers’ needs as they change. We are working together to deliver on shared decarbonisation and sustainability goals,” said Robin Mooldijk, executive vice President, Shell Chemicals and Products.
“This pyrolysis oil upgrader investment is part of our commitment to developing the chemical recycling industry, which can turn hard to recycle plastics into new and useful products, helping society tackle the key issue of plastic waste.”
The new pyrolysis oil upgrader unit treats liquid made from plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and would otherwise be incinerated. Expected to start production in 2024, the unit will have a capacity of 50 000 tpy, which is the equivalent to the weight of about 7.8 billion plastic bags; and supports Shell’s ambition to recycle 1 million t of plastic waste in its chemicals plants by 2025.