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Shell joins W2C Rotterdam project

Enerkem already have a successful waste-to-chemicals plant operating in Edmonton, Canada: Photo: Curtis Trent/Enerkem

Article by Amanda Jasi

SHELL has partnered with world-leading companies to build Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals (W2C) facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The project represents an important step towards a more sustainable chemical industry and a circular economy.

The W2C project will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels from non-recyclable waste materials. The facility, which will use cleantech company Enerkem’s proprietary technology, will be built within the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam.

A consortium comprising Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon, and the Port of Rotterdam signed the agreement for the commercial project last year. Shell will now be joining as an equity partner.

Andrew Murfin, General Manager of Advanced Biofuels at Shell, said: “Industry partnerships, just like this one, are critical to delivering some of the many solutions society will need to meet energy demand while reducing emissions to tackle climate change and air pollution. Advanced biofuels, including those produced using biomethanol, have the potential to decarbonise the transportation sector, in particular. This is an exciting prospect given transportation accounts for one fifth of global energy-related CO2 emissions, and will continue to rely on liquid fuels, especially for long journeys and heavy-duty vehicles, for years to come.”

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