By Shell Catalysts & Technologies on Nov 2, 2020
India Glycols Limited (IGL) is a leading company in the production of sustainable intermediate chemicals like green ethylene oxide (EO), mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) and a wide range of speciality chemical products produced from bio-based ethanol. Shell Catalysts & Technologies (SC&T) has supported IGL on its journey of profitable growth in sustainable chemicals by providing new generation catalysts needed to produce EO. SC&T has formulated EO catalysts that provide exceptional performance of high selectivity and stability under IGL-specific operating conditions, which can be challenging due to the bio-ethylene feed derived from ethanol.
A high EO catalyst selectivity results in direct variable cost savings as less feedstock (i.e., ethylene) is consumed to manufacture products. Through being a serial early-adopter of new EO catalysts from SC&T, IGL’s production unit has been able to continuously improve its product yield and lower overall production variable costs.
The most recent charge of Shell High Selectivity EO Catalyst S-889 started up in July 2020 and achieved 92% selectivity combined with excellent stability that has enabled the unit to extend its production cycle. This is the fifth charge of S-889 catalyst, which shows the trust that IGL places in the exceptional performance of SC&T catalysts which have a strong track record of performance under all operating conditions. This superior catalyst performance has allowed the unit to maximise production during favourable market conditions whilst maintaining a high average selectivity and low impurities generation.
As Jagdish Rao, SC&T Technical Services Manager has observed: “IGL’s agile work culture with a clear focus on adopting new technologies for continuous improvement is a key differentiator and has helped IGL to be a pioneer in the production of sustainable chemicals. SC&T’s partnership with IGL demonstrates our customer-centric approach in developing customised catalyst and technology solutions.”
SC&T has partnered with IGL for over 20 years and is proud to support IGL to power progress in the profitable growth of sustainable chemicals.