The Singapore facility of Shell is to receive investment for a new upgrader for pyrolysis oil, with this planned to be Shell’s first in the world and the largest in Asia.
Pyrolysis oil is significant because it is made from plastics that would generally end up in landfill sites because they are hard to recycle. By upgrading it, Shell’s other plants in Singapore will be able to use it as feedstock for making the chemical products that are needed for a diverse range of everyday products. The new facility will be able to process around 50,000 metric tons a year, which is equivalent to just under eight billion plastic bags.
At a ground-breaking event for the new facility, Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director at Shell, pointed to the company’s goal of speeding up its transition to becoming a supplier of products, services and energy with neutral emissions. He added:
“As a key global hub for Shell, Singapore has a very important role to play in this. Together, these investments will help us to cut carbon emissions at our operations and provide the low-carbon and circular solutions that our customers want, in sectors ranging from chemicals to automotive to aviation.”
Shell is among a number of lubricant suppliers looking to enhance the sustainability of its products, such as by releasing carbon-neutral versions of advanced synthetic lubricants like the Shell Gadus grease range and Shell Omala gear oils. At TrAchem, our team can help you compare these with the competition and ensure you will be able to choose the right solution.