Shell Makes 'Ongoing Commitment to Refining' with Pernis SDA Decision
Shell announced Tuesday that it has taken the final investment decision to build a solvent deasphalter (SDA) Unit at its 404,000-barrel per day Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
"This important investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to refining," Lori Ryerkerk, executive vice president for Shell's global manufacturing business, stated in a press release. "The Pernis refinery plays a key role in the European market and this modern and innovative unit will further improve its performance and competitiveness."
The company said the major new unit will give Shell Pernis – the largest integrated refinery/chemical manufacturing site in Europe – more flexibility to respond to market developments and reduce the environmental footprint of its products. The SDA unit will remove heavier fractions from crude oil, allowing the Pernis facility to upgrade a larger proportion of its oil intake into lighter, higher-grade products, according to Shell.
Although the new unit will not change the refinery's total processing capacity, it will facilitate a different product mix, Shell continued. The company also stated the project calls for the modification of some existing units in order to integrate with the new SDA unit.
Shell said it expects construction work, which is subject to permit approvals, to begin next year. The Pernis site typically employs approximately 1,900 staff and 1,000 contractors, but the project will require roughly 1,000 more workers at the peak of construction, stated the company.
Shell anticipates the project will conclude by the end of 2018.