Production begins at Shell and CNOOC’s petrochemical unit in China
The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Shell Nanhai B.V. announced the launch of production of the second ethylene cracker at the Nanhai petrochemicals complex in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China.
The cracker increases the capacity of ethylene at the complex to 1.2mn tonnes per annum – more than doubling the previous capacity.
The site will soon feature China’s largest styrene monomer and propylene oxide (SMPO) plant.
The joint venture also confirmed that production has begun on several derivative units, with the remaining units to launch in the coming weeks.
The units have all been built by CNOOC, and are jointly owned and operated by the CNOOC and Shell joint venture.
“The start-up of the new ethylene cracker and derivatives units is a significant milestone for Shell,” commented Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President for Shell’s chemicals subsidiary.
“I would like to thank our partner CNOOC for its excellent project delivery. As the largest single-site ethylene complex in China, CSPC is key to Shell Chemicals’ growth ambitions.”
“The expansion project demonstrates great synergies between CNOOC’s engineering, construction and management capabilities, and Shell’s advanced technologies in chemicals,” stated CNOOC Oil and Petrochemicals’ Chairman and President, He Zhongwen.
“It has been recognised by the government as a role model for major industrial projects in China. This shows what we can achieve through effective international partnerships.”
“We can now produce more and better chemical products for the growing domestic market.”
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."