Shell to start up Singapore cracker in Q1 2010

11 November 2009 04:29  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals  is on track to start up its new 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in the petrochemical hub of Jurong Island, Singapore, in the first quarter of next year, said a company official on Wednesday.

The company was also in the process of starting up a downstream 750,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at the same site, said its executive vice president, Ben Van Beurden.

Shell had recently completed the construction of a new ethylene jetty and received its first shipment of ethylene at its Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project in Singapore.

The jetty, which is designed to load and discharge refrigerated ethylene to and from ethylene carriers, will allow Shell to export surplus ethylene to customers in the region when the cracker comes on stream next year, the company said earlier in a statement.

Shell's ethylene exports from Singapore starting next year are expected to provide relief to the short supply situation in southeast Asia, market sources said. On paper, the new cracker could have as much as 350,000 tonnes/year of surplus ethylene should the cracker run at full rates, market sources added.

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