Shell Singapore invests in Polycarbonate development unit at its Jurong Island site
Jan 13, 2020
The development unit, at its Jurong Island site, will enable Shell to further improve the technology used to produce polycarbonate.
Shell has started constructing a Polycarbonate development unit at its Jurong Island chemicals plant in Singapore. This unit will be integrated with an existing Diphenylcarbonate unit to produce Polycarbonate. This investment in a development unit will enable Shell to further test and improve the technology used to produce Polycarbonate, when combined with Shell’s patented Diphenylcarbonate technology.
Shell Jurong Island (SJI) was chosen as the location for this development unit for its proven capability and leadership in process technology development, optimisation and product development.
“The combination of our global R&D expertise and leading technology development, together with local expertise and know-how here in Singapore is a key differentiator and unique success factor, and the reason why SJI was the chosen location for this investment”, said Aw Kah Peng, Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore. “This announcement demonstrates how Shell and Singapore are benefitting from our know-how, skilled workforce and world class operations here in Singapore”.
Aw Kah Peng, added “of course, this could not be done without the support of the Singapore Government in enabling us to successfully develop the technology for Diphenylcarbonate which has helped us lay the foundation to invest even more here in Singapore.”
Damian Chan, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said: “We are glad to support Shell’s continued investment in Singapore. Shell’s decision to locate this second development unit in Singapore is testament to the value that companies place on the highly skilled workforce here, in helping them test and develop new processes and technologies for their facilities.”
In conjunction with this development, Shell announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CNOOC Oil & Petrochemicals Co Ltd (CNOOC) to explore its first commercial-scale Polycarbonate production unit, which would be located at the CNOOC and Shell Petrochemical Company (CSPC) joint-venture chemicals complex in Huizhou, China (Nanhai Project).
An expanded and differentiated product range is a key part of Shell’s growth strategy for its global chemicals business. Polycarbonate is a transparent and impact-resistant engineering polymer, and is used to make vehicle headlights, LED spotlights, UV-blocking windows and spectacle lenses. Shell’s Polycarbonate production units will also produce Alkylcarbonates. These are essential components to produce lithium ion batteries which support the energy transition.
The platform for this new product entry is Shell’s own patented Diphenylcarbonate feedstock process technology. Shell has developed this over recent years to achieve significant advantages in cost, safety, efficiency and CO2 footprint. Shell will now combine its Diphenylcarbonate technology with melt-phase Polycarbonate technology licensed from EPC Engineering & Technology GmbH in Germany.
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Notes to editors
- Diphenylcarbonate is a key intermediate in the production of polycarbonate.
- Polycarbonate is a transparent and impact-resistant engineering polymer, and is used to make vehicle headlights, LED spotlights, UV-blocking windows and spectacles
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