Shell Invests to Repurpose German Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland
01.29.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

January 29, 2024 [Shell]- Shell Deutschland GmbH has taken a final investment decision (FID) to convert the hydrocracker of the Wesseling site at the Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland into a production unit for Group III base oils, used in making high-quality lubricants such as engine and transmission oils. Crude oil processing will end at the Wesseling site by 2025 but will continue at the Godorf site.

 

Huibert Vigeveno, Shell’s Downstream and Renewables Director, said: “The repurposing of this European refinery is a significant step towards serving our growing lubricant customer base with premium base oils. This investment is part of Shell’s drive to create more value with less emissions.”

The high degree of electrification of the base oil plant, as well as the ceasing of crude oil processing into fuels at the Wesseling site, is expected to reduce Shell’s scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (those which come directly from our operations and those from the energy we buy to run our operations) by around 620,000 tonnes a year. Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050.

The new base oil plant is expected to start operations in the second half of this decade. It will have a production capacity of around 300,000 tonnes a year, equivalent to about 9% of current EU demand and 40% of Germany’s demand for base oils.

Notes to editors:

  • This investment, financed by Shell’s Chemicals and Products business, meets the minimum acceptable internal rate of return set out at our Capital Markets Day in 2023.
  • A hydrocracker converts heavy, low-quality hydrocarbons into lighter, high-quality products, such as fuels (gasoline, jet fuel, diesel), chemicals feedstocks, and base oil feedstocks. This is achieved through a high-pressure, high temperature reaction between the hydrocarbons and hydrogen, in the presence of a catalyst.
  • Group III base oils are mineral base oils with very high viscosity index, produced by hydrocracking technology. The market for high-quality engine and transmission oils, as well as e-fluids and cooling fluids, some of which are made from these base oils, is expected to grow.
  • Shell has already driven forward the transformation of the Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland with investments in a 10-megawatt electrolyser to produce renewable hydrogen and a biomethane liquefaction plant.
  • Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland is located near Cologne and is comprised of two sites: Wesseling and Godorf. It currently has capacity to process over 17 million tonnes of crude oil a year, of which 7.5 million tonnes are processed at the Wesseling site.
  • Despite ceasing crude oil processing at the Wesseling site, fuel supplies for the German market are expected to remain stable and secure.

 

Cautionary note

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Forward-Looking Statements

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Shell’s net carbon intensity

Also, in this announcement we may refer to Shell’s “Net Carbon Intensity”, which includes Shell’s carbon emissions from the production of our energy products, our suppliers’ carbon emissions in supplying energy for that production and our customers’ carbon emissions associated with their use of the energy products we sell. Shell only controls its own emissions. The use of the term Shell’s “Net Carbon Intensity” is for convenience only and not intended to suggest these emissions are those of Shell plc or its subsidiaries.

 

Shell’s net-Zero Emissions Target

Shell’s operating plan, outlook and budgets are forecasted for a ten-year period and are updated every year. They reflect the current economic environment and what we can reasonably expect to see over the next ten years. Accordingly, they reflect our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Net Carbon Intensity (NCI) targets over the next ten years. However, Shell’s operating plans cannot reflect our 2050 net-zero emissions target and 2035 NCI target, as these targets are currently outside our planning period. In the future, as society moves towards net-zero emissions, we expect Shell’s operating plans to reflect this movement. However, if society is not net zero in 2050, as of today, there would be significant risk that Shell may not meet this target.

 

Forward Looking Non-GAAP measures

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