Shell/BASF JV opens Dutch petrochem plant

11/01/1999
A joint venture of Shell Nederland Chemie NV and BASF Nederland BV officially opened a new styrene monomer and propylene oxide (SM-PO) plant at Moerdijk, the Netherlands. The two companies hold equal interests in the plant, which was built at a cost of 1 billion guilders ($485 million) alongside an existing Shell SM-PO unit.The new plant has capacity to produce 565,000 tonnes/year of styrene monomer, a 'building block' for polystyrene and high-grade resins, and 250,000 tonnes/year of propylene ox- ide, which is used to make plastic foam. Shell said linking the new plant to the existing facilities brought significant synergies to the project, which is one of the world's largest SM...
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