China: Start-Up of Ethylene Cracker Cnooc and Shell JV Commences Production at New Petrochemical Units
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (Cnooc) and Shell Nanhai (Shell) announced the official start-up of the second ethylene cracker at their Nanhai petrochemicals complex in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China.
Huizhou/China — Apart from the ethylene cracker, 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 the Chinese corporation and are owned and operated by the existing Cnooc and Shell Petrochemical Company (CSPC) joint venture.
The new ethylene cracker increases ethylene capacity at the complex by around 1.2 million tonnes per year, more than doubling the capacity of the complex, and benefits from a deep integration with adjacent refineries owned by the Chinese partner. 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 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.
The facility is the largest single-site ethylene complex in China. The new complex utilises Shell’s proprietary Omeag, 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 the companies proprietary polyols technologies have been applied in China.