Shell in advanced stages of plans for new Singapore EO plant

06 May 2010 08:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Shell is in the advanced stages of planning for a worldscale, high purity ethylene oxide (EO) plant to be located on Singapore’s Jurong Island, the city-state's petrochemicals hub, a company source said on Thursday.

“The plant is in the advanced stage of studies,” said the source, without detailing the planned capacity of the plant or cost of the project.

The plant would derive its raw materials from Shell’s 750,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant that is located within its recently completed Shell Eastern Petrochemical Complex (SEPC), the source added.

Iain Lo, vice president of new business development and ventures at Shell Chemicals, earlier said: “I think there is quite a lot of customer interest for us to provide [high purity] EO as well.”

Lo had been speaking on the sidelines of the official opening ceremony of the SEPC on 4 May.

“We are probably making a decision [on the high purity EO plant investment] by the end of this year or next year,” said Lo.

Lo had previously said that Shell Chemicals was in negotiations with several partners about potential plants downstream from its new 800,000 tonne/year cracker located within the SEPC.

High purity EO is used in the production of detergents and soaps through the process of ethoxylation, in which EO is mixed with alcohols, according to an earlier statement from Shell.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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