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The new unit at the oil major’s Rotterdam refinery will enable the production of more and cleaner transportation fuels, including IMO 2020-compliant marine gasoil.

‘Shell’s Pernis refinery is now ready to meet the anticipated demand growth for cleaner transport fuels that will help keep Europe’s people and economy moving. This unit pushes the boundaries of refining technology, seamlessly integrating with almost every part of the site to unlock the full valueof each barrel of oil,’ commented Robin Mooldijk, Executive Vice President for Manufacturing.

Shell took a final investment decision on construction of the SDA unit in December 2015. As part of the project, the existing hydroprocessing unit at the Pernis refinery was converted into a hydrocracker to processes deasphalted oil from the SDA unit. The integrated refinery and chemicals manufacturing facility has the capacity to process 404,000 barrels per day into a range of transport fuels.

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