Shell runs Singapore cracker around 80% after brief outage

16 August 2010 08:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Energy giant Shell is running its 800,000 tonne/year mixed-feed cracker in Singapore at around 80% of capacity following a brief outage earlier this month, market sources said on Monday.

The cracker in Bukom has been running at around 80-85% since it came on stream in March this year due to unspecified issues, they added.

Market sources had earlier said that Shell’s cracker was taken off line on the evening of 3 August and was restarted a few days later.

A Shell spokesperson told ICIS at the time that the flare system at the site was activated due to an unplanned disruption to a process unit but did not comment on the status of the cracker.

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

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