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Shell restarts POSM, EO plants at Moerdijk

7:01 AM MST | December 22, 2014 | Ian Young

Shell Chemicals confirms that it has restarted operations at its wholly owned propylene oxide-styrene monomer (POSM) plant and ethylene oxide (EO) plant at the company's Moerdijk, Netherlands complex. The units had been offstream since a previously reported...


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