Shell seeks ethylene for prompt arrival into Singapore-sources

18 March 2010 09:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals is seeking ethylene for prompt arrival even as the company is in the process of commissioning its 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in Singapore, market sources said on Thursday.

“They (Shell) wanted some cargoes for prompt arrival and some ethylene is expected to be diverted to them,” said one source.

Sources said the company could have faced some earlier problems during the commissioning process and needed to buy ethylene for the sake of contingency.

Company officials declined to comment.

Another source said discussions were still ongoing and any purchases would hinge on whether the company achieved on-spec production soon.

Shell had begun commissioning work to start up the new cracker housed at its Shell Eastern Petrochemical Complex (SEPC) on Bukom Island in late February.

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