ExxonMobil restarts Singapore PE plant – market sources

08 July 2010 04:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--ExxonMobil has restarted its 600,000 tonne/year plant polyethylene (PE) plant in Singapore and is currently test-running the unit, market sources said on Thursday. 


The PE plant was shut early last week along with a 405,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant at the same site due to operational issues, market sources said. ExxonMobil had only confirmed the shutdown at the PE plant and declined to give further details.


The PE facility produces only linear low density PE (LLDPE), but its outage had no significant impact on LLDPE supply in China and southeast Asia due to ample supply from other producers in Thailand and the Middle East, regional importers said.


Meanwhile, the PE plant outage had lengthened the spot supply of feedstock ethylene in Asia, with a spot ethylene cargo sold out of Singapore last week.


However, it could not be confirmed if the spot ethylene cargo from Singapore was supply freed up at ExxonMobil’s 900,000 tonne/year cracker after its downstream PE plant was shut.


With additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee


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