Shell eyes further investments downstream in Singapore

11 December 2009 02:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals is continuing to evaluate further investments downstream of its new Singapore cracker, Iain Lo, Vice-President new business development ventures for the company, said on Friday.

“The new Shell complex in Singapore currently comprises a 750,000 tonnes/year mono ethylene glycol (MEG) downstream of an 800,000 tonne/year cracker," Lo said at a ceremony ahead of the official inauguration of the MEG plant at Jurong Island in Singapore. The cracker is due to come onstream in the first quarter of next year.

“We are continuing negotiations with several partners about potential further plans downstream of the cracker” Lo said.

One option also being pursued was an expansion of propylene oxide-styrene monomer (PO-SM) capacity through its joint venture with BASF (Ellba Eastern) in Singapore, which can produce around 250,000 tonnes/year of PO and 550,000 tonnes/year of SM, Lo added.

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