Shell starts up 800,000 tonne/year cracker in Singapore

24 March 2010 04:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Energy giant Shell announced on Wednesday it has successfully started up its 800,000 tonne/year mixed feed cracker in Singapore.

On-spec ethylene was produced at the cracker on 22 March, it said in a press release.

The cracker, which is an integral part of Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC), could also produce 450,000 tonnes/year of propylene and 230,000 tonnes/year of benzene, Shell said.

SEPC is Shell’s largest fully integrated refinery and petrochemicals hub.

“The world-class cracker … is strategically located adjacent to the Shell Pulau Bukom Refinery, which has been modified to enable it to supply the cracker with feedstock,” said Ben van Beurden, executive vice president at Shell Chemicals.

The olefins and aromatics products from the cracker would be used primarily for Shells downstream chemical plants in Jurong Island, including the Shell mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant, the company said.

Its 750,000 tonne/year MEG plant in Singapore opened in December 2009, it said.

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