Petrochemical plant operators are seeing new capacity expected to come into the market in the near future. To position operators to thrive in this environment, Shell Catalysts & Technologies is leveraging refinery-petrochemical integration to increase operational and economic gains.
Using refinery technology in petrochemical operations allows for the optimisation of catalyst processing and energy savings due to this feedstock cycle, effectively improving return on investment. Petrochemicals facilities can transform gas and liquid hydrocarbons to a wider range of petrochemical products. Feedstocks used to produce these chemicals (like LPG, naphtha, and gasoil) are often from refineries. Additionally, byproducts from petrochemical throughput like C4s, pygas, pyoil, and hydrogen are feedstocks required by refineries.
Improve facility efficiency
Petrochemical facilities, typically in the production of olefins, predominantly remove hydrogen to produce functionalised, more reactive, unsaturated molecules which are used to produce intermediates. Shell Catalysts & Technologies designs its processes around the integration of steam crackers and refinery operations, allowing hydrogen byproduct to be used as fuel; this mitigates the need for extensive outside resources and enhances cycle efficiency.
Increase operating margin
Through refinery-petrochemical technology integration, Shell Catalysts & Technologies aims to increase the return on the hydrocarbon value chain. Less valuable products from refining or petrochemicals are often valuable feedstock to the subsequent process. Further results of the integration include energy savings through hot feeding and potential for combined cycle operation, indicating an opportunity for a higher throughput margin.
Reduce production costs
Shell Catalysts & Technologies petrochemical technology licensees can realise lower capital investment costs when utilising our petrochemical processing plant solutions. Petrochemicals integration with refineries allows for less equipment due to hot feeding and reduced catalyst recovery time, as well as reduced storage volume of feed and products and reduced design margins.
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Shell Catalysts & Technologies has over decades of experience with our affiliates that own and operate isoprene recovery processes with acetonitrile extractive distillation technology. Our technical service teams include catalyst specialists and engineers with extensive plant and research experience.