Shell to shut Bukom mixed feed cracker for maintenance end-Feb

12 January 2011 04:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Energy giant Shell plans to take its 800,000 tonne/year mixed-feed cracker in Bukom, Singapore, off line for maintenance lasting around three weeks from the end of next month, market sources said on Wednesday.

“We were told that they would shut for around three weeks from end of February to mid March,” according to a regional converter.

When asked about the shut down, a Shell spokesperson said: “It is our policy not to discuss maintenance schedules. Equipment maintenance is planned well in advance, regularly reviewed and coordinated with our needs to supply customers and to keep our equipment running in a safe manner.”

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.

The cracker was started up in March 2010.

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