Basell S'pore SM/PO project heading for Q3 '02 startup

05 April 2000 07:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (CNI)--Work on Basell Eastern's joint venture styrene monomer/propylene oxide (SM/PO) plant on Jurong Island is progressing on schedule for startup in H2 2002, and could be operational even earlier, in Q3 that year, CNI learned Wednesday.

Basell Eastern, a 50:50 joint venture between Shell Chemicals and BASF, is investing more than $500m (Euro510m) in the plant, which will produce 550 000 tonne/year of SM and 250 000 tonne/year of PO.

George Lefroy, Shell Chemicals' executive vice president for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, told CNI that piling is in progress and "we're on track to startup in Q3 2002".

Shell will use its share of PO output for conversion into polyols and propylene glycol. The company will expand its polyols capability by adding a second worldscale plant with a capacity of 110 000 tonne/year. It also operates an 85 000 tonne/year unit on Jurong Island.

BASF will convert PO from the facility into polyols for the region, using Shell's Singapore polyols capacity. The company currently converts PO into polyols in Ulsan, South Korea.

On affiliated Petrochemical Corp of Singapore (PCS), Lefroy said work on the PCS-Shell condensate splitter on Jurong Island is progressing slightly ahead of schedule for startup by mid-2000.

The splitter, which will receive liquefied natural gas from Australia, will greatly enhance PCS' feedstock quality, he said.

By: Wing Gar Cheng
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