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2011-05-19 17:09
TIANJIN, China, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Shell Global Solutions said today that it can offer refiners the option to implement operational improvements in the short term, revamps in the mid-term and a phased investment in the long term with its sulphur technology platform and residue upgrading solutions.

With the correct assets and the right technology, refiners have the flexibility to manage increasing sulphur content, meet growing product specifications, global and regional emissions regulations, and simultaneously achieve a quicker return on investment (ROI).

As a network of independent technology companies in the Shell Group, Shell Global Solutions’ three-pronged Pentagon-model, sulphur technology platform and residue upgrading solutions provide refiners the opportunity to not just concentrate on survival or short term fixes but to thrive in the medium to long term.

For example, margin improvements of US30 cents to US1 a barrel can be unlocked at any refinery by sweating assets, that is making the assets work harder but without capital investment. Revamping a HydroDeSulphurisation (HDS) Hydrotreater into a mild hydrocracker can help refiners maximise existing hardware, increase conversion capacity and cost-effectively yield higher quality products. With a capital investment of US$12 million, and a project time frame of eight months, refiners can achieve margin improvement of US$10 million per year.

“Shell Global Solutions’ owner and operator experience makes us well-placed to help refiners facing ‘the sulphur paradox’ — or the increasing need to manage sulphur to help increase margins while meeting legislative requirements,” said Suleyman Ozmen, VP Refining and Chemical Licensing, Shell Global Solutions International BV at the China Downstream Technology & Markets Conference, held in Tianjin, China.

He added, “Refiners also benefit from our diagnostic approach. Typically, we carry out a configuration study to assess each customer’s options for the short, medium and long term and then tailor solutions according to their priorities using the Pentagon model together with our suite of cutting-edge technologies.”

“In today’s dynamic environment, flexibility is the key to maximising refinery economics as margins continue to shift with feedstocks and product slates. The sulphur technology platform help refiners meet global emissions standards and product specifications despite processing heavier and more sour crudes,” said Li Desheng, Account Executive, Shell Global Solutions (China).

The sulphur technology platform can help refiners manage sulphur in any form, gas, liquid or solid produced in the refining process.

“Shell Global Solutions and Criterion Catalysts & Technologies also provide a platform of differentiated residue upgrading technologies and catalysts to help refiners maximize Resid HydroDeSulphurisation/ Fluid Catalytic Cracking (HDS/FCC) unit performance to process heavy oil,” explained David McNamara, APR Technical Manager, Residue Upgrading, CRI/Criterion Asia Pacific.

“Efficient and continuous project management is a necessity in a challenging, cyclical business environment. With the Pentagon model, refiners will be able to enhance their existing assets to meet the growing energy demand by implementing appropriate sulphur management and residue upgrading technologies, and at the same time, increase their margins. By adopting the Pentagon model now, refiners will be in a better position to survive and thrive in the short and long term,” Suleyman Ozmen added.

Shell Global Solutions’ clients include Dalian Petrochemical Corporation, China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), Petro China and Sinopec, Reliance in India, Yamaguchi refinery in Japan and BP-Amoco in the United States.

About Shell Global Solutions

Shell Global Solutions is a network of independent technology companies in the Shell Group which provide technical consultancy and licensed technologies for both the Shell Group and third party customers within the energy industry. In response to the significant challenges facing the industry today, Shell Global Solutions strives to deliver innovative technical solutions and effective technology to support its customers in their day-to-day operations and delivery of strategic plans. This enables customers to improve the capacity and performance of existing units; integrate new process units into existing refineries and petrochemical complexes; incorporate advanced catalyst systems and reactor internals; through to the design of grassroots refineries. More information on Shell Global Solutions is available at http://www.shell.com/globalsolutions

Shell Global Solutions is affiliated with Shell’s catalyst companies which innovate and sell catalysts through a network that includes Criterion Catalysts & Technologies, Zeolyst International, CRI Catalyst Company and CRI KataLeuna. More information on the CRI/Criterion Catalysts and Technologies group is available at http://www.cricatalyst.com and http://www.criterioncatalysts.com.

SOURCE Shell Global Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

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May 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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