Shell and Paques Holding B.V. have agreed upon the formation
of a 50-50 joint venture, Paqell B.V., to focus their efforts on the
marketing of biological desulfurisation in the oil and gas
sector for high pressure gas applications using
THIOPAQ O&G (oil & gas) technology.
The joint venture itself demonstrates Shell.s
continuous drive to develop innovative solutions for the
future, particularly with growth in the gas sector and the
challenges in meeting increasing energy demand and environmental expectations,
said Theo Bodewes, Shells vice president for gas and
liquids treating technologies. Our unique sulfur recovery
technology is well-positioned to
address the industry needs, and we are pleased to start a new
chapter in our cooperation with Paques.
The foundation of Paqell will give a stronger
dedicated focus for their successful activities, added
Rob Heim, managing director of Paques Holding B.V.
This joint venture is the achievement of our strategy
of continuous innovation and forming partnerships for product
and market development. We therefore look forward to an even
closer cooperation with Shell, Heim said.
THIOPAQ has been deployed by Paques in the water
business for atmospheric biogas desulfurization since the early
Paques then formed a technology alliance with Shell in
1997, and saw the successful deployment of THIOPAQ to
the broader oil and gas industry, particularly in large scale
H2S removal and sulfur recovery.
THIOPAQ is currently being applied in four sites in
the oil and gas industry, with seven projects under construction, the firms said.
A new research and development (R&D) program will be
concluded by the end of next year, which aims to provide
next-generation THIOPAQ O&G technology with a step
change in efficiency and capacity, according to the
Once the research program is successfully completed, Paqell
will operate from the Watercampus in Leeuwarden, the
Netherlands, where there is a high level of expertise available
in sustainable water technology.
For now, Paqell operates from Leeuwarden, Amsterdam, and
Balk in the Netherlands.
Machiel van der Schoot will be managing director of Paqell