Shell activated flaring system at Pulau Bukom site on 26 January

27 January 2011 11:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell activated the flaring system at its Pulau Bukom site in Singapore on 26 January due to an “unplanned disruption at a process unit”, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

“There is no cause for alarm, as the flare system is a major safety device. The rest of the operations is [sic] not affected,” Shell said.

The company, which has an 800,000 tonne/year cracker at the Pulau Bukom site, did not identify the process unit that was disrupted.

“When such disruptions occur, flammable hydrocarbons are routed to the flare system, where it is combined with steam and safely burnt. This system acts as a ‘safety relief valve’ to allow for combustible gases to be burnt and released as water and carbon dioxide,” Shell said.

“Flaring is a normal and vital part of keeping the site safe,” it said.

“‪Shell takes flaring seriously. It is aggressively managed and our sites strive for zero routine flaring,” the company added.

The Pulau Bukom site previously had a flaring incident in August 2010.

Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee

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