Shell starts up 750,000 tonne/year MEG plant in Singapore

17 November 2009 14:34  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals has successfully started up its 750,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) in Singapore, the company said on Tuesday.

“The commissioning of the MEG plant is a significant step towards the completion in early 2010 of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex in Singapore,” said Mark Williams, Shell’s downstream director, in a statement.

Much of the output from the new plant, which is located at Singapore's Jurong Island, will be destined for China, Shell said.

The unit, which started up as planned, is one of the largest in the world, Shell said.

It is the first time that Shell is using its high-yielding OMEGA processing technology, which “gives the highest commercial yields of MEG from ethylene”, the company added.

The SEPC includes a new 800,000 tonne/year ethylene plant, a 155,000 tonne/year butadiene plant and modifications to Shell’s Bukom refinery, which are all due to start up in early 2010, Shell said.

The integrated complex is also designed to produce 450,000 tonnes/year of propylene and 230,000 tonnes/year of benzene.

“When SEPC is fully operational, it will be our biggest, fully integrated refinery and petrochemicals hub, from which we will enjoy economic and efficiency benefits in terms of feedstocks, operations and logistics,” Williams added.

Asia currently accounts for around 70% of global MEG consumption, according to Shell.

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By: Nigel Davis
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