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Shell reports operational upset at refinery site unit

July 16/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A unit at Royal Dutch Shells Pulau Bukom refinery and petrochemical complex experienced an operational upset, reported Reuters with reference to a company spokeswoman's statement.

"On July 14 at approximately 2pm, the Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site experienced an operational upset at one of its units, which has resulted in flaring," she said.

"No injuries have been reported and the relevant authorities have been notified," she said, adding that the rest of the sites operations had not been affected.

It was not immediately clear which unit was down. The spokeswoman declined to provide details of the unit citing commercial confidentiality reasons.

The Pulau Bukom manufacturing site is an integrated refinery and chemicals site and can process up to 500,000 barrels per day of oil.

Bukom is Shells largest wholly-owned refinery globally in terms of crude distillation capacity, according to the company website.

Typically, any unexpected outage at the refinery boosts margins for Asian oil products.

As MRC informed before, in August 2015, Royal Dutch Shell completed a revamp and upgrade of its Singapore ethane cracker. The project increased production for the 800,000-tpy ethylene plant on Bukom Island by 20%. The ethylene and olefins unit is also integrated with Shells 500,000-bpd refinery.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, crude and gaz condensate, ethylene, petrochemistry, Shell, Singapore.
Category:General News
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