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Shell pushes low-sulphur fuels

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A new facility in the Netherlands will contribute to an increase in the production of cleaner-burning fuels, says supermajor Royal Dutch Shell.

Royal Dutch Shell announced it would construct a $500 million hydrodesulphurization plant at the Pernis refinery in the Netherlands.

The plant will increase the production of cleaner-burning, low-sulphur fuels at the 400,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery when it comes on stream in the second half of 2011, the energy giant says.

Fuel production from the Pernis facility, Shell’s largest in Europe, will be sold to customers in Germany as domestic heating oil, which the company says must meet new sulphur content regulations.

Energy consumption and emissions for the Pernis facility will meet higher standards in anticipation of stricter regulations in Europe.

The furnace at the plant employs new technology that features a multi-burner system meant to reduce total emissions of nitrogen oxide.

“The investment is part of Shell’s strategy of selective Downstream growth and focus on larger, integrated refining and chemical sites,” says Tom Botts, Shell’s downstream executive vice president for global manufacturing.

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