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.
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“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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