InterviewNPRA ’10: ExxonMobil’s Singapore petchems on track

29 March 2010 19:56  [Source: ICIS news]

By Joseph Chang

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--ExxonMobil Chemical’s petrochemical  project on Jurong Island, Singapore, is approaching peak construction activity and is on track to start up in stages through 2011, a senior executive said on Monday.

“The Singapore project is moving along smoothly and we expect peak construction activity from June through August,” said Lynne Lachenmyer, senior vice president at the company.

“We will stage in mechanical completion of units from late 2010 through 2011,” she added in an interview with ICIS news on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

Lachenmyer would not specify the order in which the units would start up.

The project would include a 1m tonne/year ethylene cracker, two polyethylene (PE) trains of 650,000 tonnes/year each, and specialty elastomers production, she said.

ExxonMobil already has a 900,000 tonne/year cracker at the Singapore site.

The company and its partners started up their Fujian joint venture ethylene cracker in China in the fourth quarter of 2009, noted Lachenmyer.

The site has an 800,000 tonne/year cracker, an 800,000 tonne/year PE unit and a 400,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit. It includes paraxylene (PX) capacity of 780,000 tonnes, she said.

ExxonMobil has a 25% interest in the Fujian facility, while partners Sinopec Fujian Petrochemical and Saudi Aramco own 50% and 25% of the project, respectively.

Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC continues through Tuesday.

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