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Shell ethylene unit in Singapore shut for several months

September 16/2013

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC is expected to shut its 800,000 tonnes per year (tpy) ethylene cracker in Bukom, Singapore, for maintenance and expansion works in the fourth quarter of 2014, trade sources informed Reuters on Friday.

The three-and-a-half-year old cracker, which uses naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and heavy liquid hydrocarbons as raw material, will be shut for at least two to three months, trade sources added.

Shell had in November 2012 announced plans to debottleneck the Singapore cracker and raise the capacity by more than 20 percent but did not elaborate on the exact shutdown time.

The steam cracker currently provides ethylene via pipelines to its 750,000 tpy monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Jurong Island, where it is also adding more new petrochemical units to make use of the ethylene raw material.
Author:Marina Ivanova
Tags:naphta, ethylene, Shell, Singapore.
Category:General News
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