A major new unit has been planned for the Pernis refinery in Rotterdam following an investment decision by Shell.
The Solvent Deasphalter unit will remove heavier fractions from crude oil, allowing the refinery to upgrade a larger proportion of its oil intake into lighter, high-grade products.
Construction work is slated to start next year, subject to permit approvals, with completion expected by the end of 2018. The new unit will allow a different product mix however it will not change the refinery’s total processing capacity. Some existing units will require modifications in order to integrate with the unit.
Lori Ryerkerk, executive vice president for Shell’s global manufacturing business says: ‘The Pernis refinery plays a key role in the European market and this modern and innovative unit will further improve its performance and competitiveness.’
Shell Pernit is the largest integrated refinery complex in Europe.