Wednesday 31 January 2024

Shell to convert German site for premium lubricant production

Shell to convert German site for premium lubricant production

Shell Deutschland GmbH has made a final investment decision to repurpose the Wesseling site at the Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland in Germany.

The transformation aims to convert the facility into a production unit for Group III base oils, essential in manufacturing lubricants.

The energy giant said the move aligns with its commitment to achieving a net zero emissions energy business by 2050.

The new base oil plant is set to start in the second half of this decade, producing about 300,000 tonnes per year - meeting 9% of EU demand and 40% of Germany's demand for base oils.

Huibert Vigeveno, Shell’s Downstream and Renewables Director, said: "The repurposing of this European refinery is a significant step towards serving our growing lubricant customer base with premium base oils.

"This investment is part of Shell’s drive to create more value with less emissions."

Written by

Sumit Bose

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