UpdateExxonMobil plans two-week shutdown at Singapore cracker

13 January 2010 09:06  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Energy giant ExxonMobil is due to shut its 900,000 tonne/year cracker in Singapore in mid-February for two weeks to change some parts, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The scheduled maintenance is expected to further support Asian petrochemical prices at a time of bullish demand and low supply.

ExxonMobil’s customers in southeast Asia and China said their February polyethylene (PE) allocations from the producer would be cut by 20-30% due to production issues.

“The producer plans to shut its cracker in mid-February to replace equipment,” the source said.

In a statement to ICIS news, an ExxonMobil spokesperson said: "It's our usual practice not to comment on the operational status of our facilities."

The ethylene plant, which uses mixed feedstock and is located at Jurong Island, was shut on 3 May last year for an eight-week turnaround but was restarted almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

ExxonMobil's downstream units include a 480,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant and a 275,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit.

With additional reporting by Chow Bee Lin, Mahua Chakravarty and Pearl Bantillo

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