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Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk announced plans to become a chemical park with zero net CO2 emissions within ten years. To this end, Shell wants to invest billions in the chemical complex. This could lead to a doubling of the number of factories, while no net CO2 is emitted.
Editorial office / Moerdijk

A new chemical recycling plant is being built in Moerdijk to make new chemicals from plastic waste. The plant is expected to be operational in 2024. It is a so-called pyrolysis oil upgrader. The plant can improve the quality of pyrolysis oil – a liquid made from plastic waste that is difficult to recycle – and convert it into chemical raw materials for the plants at Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk. As a result, fewer petroleum products are needed.


Shell is also working on plans to build an installation at Moerdijk that will produce hydrogen from residual gases released during other production processes at the park. Shell can use this hydrogen to heat the industrial cookers. The CO2 released when making hydrogen can be captured and stored in old gas fields under the sea floor.

“Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk wants to accelerate the energy transition, be a leader in the transformation of the Dutch chemical industry and grow by making more circular, low-carbon products for its customers and society,” says Richard Zwinkels, General Manager of Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk. “We have three main goals: net-zero emissions within ten years, increasing the use of circular and bio-based raw materials and doubling the number of chemical products by investing in new product lines.”

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