ExxonMobil shuts Singapore PE plant, supply affected

03 August 2010 10:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has shut its 600,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plant at Jurong Island, Singapore, and its PE supply has been affected as a result, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"There is a short outage at our Singapore manufacturing site," said Karen Wong, a media relations and communications advisor at ExxonMobil Asia Pacific. "As a result, there’s an impact on the supply of polyethylene. At this point, we expect that the outage will take about two weeks.”

The company has informed its customers of the supply shortfall, she said, declining to give further details about the shutdown.

However, ExxonMobil’s buyers in southeast Asia said the producer had informed them that the plant would be shut this week for equipment replacement.

Its 405,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant and 900,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at the same site were not affected, market sources said.

Prior to this latest outage, the PE plant had only resumed production around 8 July after being shut in early July due to operational issues.

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