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Shell to shut its 800 KTa mixed-feed cracker at Bukom Island

October 05/2011

(ICIS) -- Shell is expected to shut its 800 KTa mixed-feed cracker at Bukom Island in Singapore as soon as at the end of this week, when its inventory of feedstocks runs out, traders said on Wednesday. The company's 500,000 bbl/day Bukom refinery, which provides naphtha feedstock to the cracker, was forced shut last week by a blaze that took 30 hours to completely extinguish.
"It might be possible the cracker will sooner or later be down," said a trader. The cracker is currently running at low operating rates, according to market sources.

Shell produces an estimated 250,000 tonnes of naphtha per month from the Bukom refinery. A fifth of the naphtha output is supplied to feed into the Bukom cracker, while Petrochemical Corp of Singapore gets 100,000 tonnes, said a market source.

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