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Shell sulphur technology platform

Consultancy and technologies to help take control of the sulphur paradox.
The reduced availability of light and sweet crudes, and the consequential increase in the cost of such feedstocks, makes it more and more attractive for refiners to take in heavier and sourer feeds. However, there are consequences. Refiners that use higher-sulphur crudes can find it extremely challenging to respond to trends such as:
· Increasingly stringent fuel specifications;
· diminishing fuel oil market;
· tightening emissions regulations.

This sulphur paradox, namely that more sulphur is coming into the refinery (as the availability of sweet crudes diminishes) but less must leave the refinery within the finished products or as harmful emissions. There is never a silver bullet solution: a flexible and tailored approach is necessary to account for individual circumstances such as
· seasonal product demand shifts;
· changes in crude slate;
· the availability of capital;
· local market conditions; and
· individual unit design differences.
 
Intelligently applied, leading-edge technology, and a robust sulphur management strategy is imperative.
 Shell Global Solutions provides a comprehensive solution to help refiners to meet their specific short- and long-term business goals. Initial consultancy and extended services throughout the project life cycle may include:
· market studies, such as scenario planning and masterplanning to help take a view of the future market and to enable more robust decision making regarding location, feedstock, logistics, process configuration and hardware requirements;
· front-end development to optimise process design and technology selection;
· implementation support, such as project management support and contractor management to ensure budgets and schedules are met; and
· start-up and commissioning services to reduce the time to reach optimal operations, and organizational effectiveness reviews.
 
Have you considered how you can
· react as the marine fuels specifications tighten?
· increase the capacity of your sulphur recovery unit?
· maximise the use of high-sulphur residue fuels?

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