Shell seeks ethylene ahead of Singapore cracker start up

19 February 2010 09:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals is seeking ethylene cargoes for prompt arrival ahead of the impending start-up of its 800,000 tonne/year cracker in Singapore, market sources said on Friday.

A trader said: "They (Shell) have requirements for end-February or beginning of March so the start up of the cracker may only take place around mid-March."

A 4,500-5,000 tonne cargo of Mid-east origin was due to arrive in Singapore early March, sources said.

However, other market players expected the producer to feed in naphtha for the cracker by early March.

Although company officials were unavailable for comment, Shell had earlier said the cracker could come on stream in the first quarter.

The start up of Shell's cracker was being closely watched by the market players as the firm could export more than 100,000 tonnes/year of ethylene after the start up, sources said.

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