GPCA ’09: Shell runs new Singapore MEG plant at 95%

09 December 2009 12:18  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--Shell is currently running its newly built 750,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Singapore at close to full capacity, a company executive said on Wednesday.

“It is producing at the moment. We are running it about 95% of capacity,” Shell Chemicals executive vice president Ben van Beurden told ICIS news.

The world-scale MEG plant, at Shell Eastern Petrochemical Complex (SEPC) in Jurong island, was started up in early November and would be officially opened on Friday, he said.

SEPC is Shell’s largest investment in the petrochemicals sector, but van Beurden declined to reveal the total cost of the project. 

A second major component of the new complex is the 800,000 tonne/year cracker in Pulau Bukom.

Van Beurden said construction of the cracker was more than 95% complete and the plant was “on schedule” to start up in the first quarter of 2010.

The MEG plant, which is connected to the cracker through a subsea pipeline, would be a large consumer of the ethylene produced by the cracker, he said.

The whole complex, which would also include butadiene extraction plants, would be fully operational by the second half of 2010, van Beurden said on the sidelines of the 4th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum.

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By: Pearl Bantillo
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