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Residual heat from Shell's Pernis Refinery helps heat Dutch homes

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The Pernis Residual Heat Initiative is an innovative project that could help the City of Rotterdam reduce carbon emissions by up to 35 000 tpy.

Shell, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Heat Company Rotterdam will use residual heat generated from operations at Shell’s Pernis Refinery to provide heat and hot water to more than 16 000 households in Rotterdam. Shell Pernis is the first refinery in the Port of Rotterdam to use residual heat to help keep homes heated. Robin Mooldijk, Shell’s Executive Vice President, Manufacturing said: “This project is an impressive example of the creative thinking and collaboration society needs to respond to the challenge of providing more energy with less CO2 emissions.”

Shell has installed specialised technology to capture and store heat that was previously considered a waste product. The Port of Rotterdam constructed underground pipes to transfer stored heat from Pernis to the city’s established heat network operated by the Heat Company Rotterdam. From here the heat is supplied to local distributors across residential areas of Rotterdam.

The Pernis Residual Heat Initiative contributes to the Dutch ambition to halve CO2 emissions by 2030. The project also strengthens Shell Pernis’s position as an important contributor to the Dutch and European economies. It is also a trusted partner to the neighbouring community in the Rotterdam port area.

At each of the Shell refineries and chemicals plants, teams are working to continue to improve utilisation, energy efficiency and carbon intensity. CO2 and energy management plans are in place and we are investing in cogeneration units and upgrades of equipment and technology.


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