Getting Shell ready for the circular economy – Shell



Company Name / Department

Shell Chemicals

Contact Person

Martijn Vermunt / Marie-louise


Weena 70 Rotterdam

Study programme(s)

Operations Managements and Logistics

Community ESCF
Start Date February 2022
Housing arranged by company No


approx. 400 EUR per month


Company Description

Shell Chemicals Europe
Shell Chemicals is one of the world’s leading chemicals suppliers. With a heritage of over 85 years and manufacturing facilities around the world, we supply over 17 million tonnes of petrochemicals per year to large industrial customers. 

Project Description

Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society’s progress in achieving the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.
To achieve that target we are transforming our business, providing more low-carbon energy such as charging stations for electric vehicles, hydrogen and electricity generated by solar and wind power. An important aspect in this transformation is how we produce our chemical products, both from a manufacturing angle as from the type of feedstocks and the related supply chains for these new products.
One of the most exciting projects is using recycled plastics as feed for our crackers in Europe. This will make the process of producing all kinds of materials truly circular.

As a student you can be part of this journey!

The Challenge: Changing the “old way” of large Deepsea naphtha vessels into an efficient low carbon supply chain.
This entitles building the supply chain from scratch, new ways of thinking and operating. Current market for recycled plastics is rapidly developing, scattered production site in Europe, small payloads by trucks and one Shell manufacturing site. We expect a growth scenarios within the next few years from 1 – 15k truckloads a year. Will you get us ready?!

Goals of the Project

  1. To develop a robust supply chain for recycled plastics feedstock
  2. Ensure production downtime is not caused by inadequate logistic/feedstock support
  3. To have competitive operating costs for the overall supply chain


Feasible supply chain setup based on different growth scenarios

Essential Student Knowledge

General understanding of supply chain methodologies
Nice to have interest in chemical industry


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