Shell Chemicals held a ground-breaking ceremony last month for the building of facilities for making high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) and ethoxylates at its site in Singapore, part of its global network of regional hubs.
The event exemplified the current direction being taken by the chemicals arm of the Anglo-Dutch oil and gas giant in a programme of major expansions in Asia and North America but without any big alteration to the strategy it has been following for several years.
"Our strategy in chemicals is unchanged but our level of aspiration is increasing," Graham van't Hoff, executive vice-president of Shell Chemicals, said at a recent press briefing in London. "We are looking to grow the business significantly over time."
The ground-breaking was for a high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) purification column with an initial capacity of 140,000 tonnes a year and two world-scale ethoxylation units with a combined capacity of 140,000 tonnes per year....