Eindelijk intern bij Shell ook gecommuniceerd. Vindt het wel nog steeds vreemd dat er spendcatalyst die al jaren in opslag staat nu nog dit jaar naar Umicore gaat.
Shell Catalysts & Technologies signed an agreement with Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (AMG), a Dutch listed global producer of advanced metallurgical materials to form a joint venture, Shell & AMG Recycling BV.
The challenge for refiners
Customers are demanding cleaner fuels, driven in part by upcoming regulations such as the IMO2020, which reduces the amount of sulphur allowed in the fuel oil used by ships. Additionally, refineries are increasing their focus towards oil to chemicals. To meet all these challenges refiners are increasingly using residue-upgrading catalysts to get the most from every barrel.
Catalysts are a necessary component for each chemical reaction that takes place in production facilities. Without them, there is no fuel, plastic packaging, lubricant or wax. But the waste from used catalysts forms an environmental challenge. And that’s where Shell & AMG Recycling BV comes in. The new JV, a deepening of the long-standing collaboration between Shell and AMG, focuses on reclamation, recycling, and re-use of spent residue upgrading catalysts.
“Changing regulations and focus have significantly increased the number of residue-upgrading units already in operation, in construction or being planned,” says Andy Gosse, VP Catalyst Sales, Manufacturing and Technology Licensing. “Together with the existing services for new ‘fresh’ catalysts, Shell Catalysts & Technologies now offers refiners a truly circular solution, turning waste into value, replacing disposal with recycling and reuse, and significantly reducing pollution and emissions.”
Reducing waste, CO2 and cost
Rather than transporting and disposing of spent catalysts in landfill. Shell & AMG Recycling BV recycles the waste and reclaims the valuable metals contained within. Vanadium in the form of ferrovanadium is one of those materials, and a good example of the benefit of spent catalyst recycling. Ferrovanadium increases the strength of steel; reclaiming vanadium from used products is a much lower CO2 alternative to mining it. Additionally, the monetisation of vanadium from waste adds income to the refinery’s bottom line.