June 2005

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Cut your energy bills

A European olefins plant used tailor-made, integrated solutions that reduced energy costs with minimal capital expenditure

Thompson, I., Shell Chemicals Ltd.; van der Heijden, Shell Global Solutions International BV

Shell Chemical Companies (Shell Chemicals) use efficient, cutting-edge technologies in their European petrochemical plants. However, improving the energy efficiency at one site in particular to keep it competitive became a high priority.1 Variable costs of large production facilities are predominantly determined by expenses for feedstocks and energy. Shell Chemicals realized opportunities valued at $5 million by reducing the steam cracker's fuel bill by 3.5%. This was achieved by implementing integrated solutions, and with a capital investment of less than $100,000. Employing a specialist energy efficiency consultancy group and in line with wider plans for the enterprise, Shell

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