09 March 2011 03:33 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil started on Wednesday a planned maintenance at its integrated manufacturing site in ?xml:namespace>
It said "several operating units" would be off line for about nine weeks, without identifying the plants that would be affected.
"Shutting down the units will provide an opportunity for detailed inspection of equipment normally in continuous operation; routine maintenance; and installation of facility improvement projects," ExxonMobil said.
The refinery has a pipestill capacity of 605,000 bbl/day and manufactures a wide range of fuels, lubricant basestocks and specialty products that caters to the
The SCP, meanwhile, comprises five integrated units, the company said.
Key ethylene traders in
"This is the first time I am hearing about this," said one trader based in
ExxonMobil has a 900,000 tonne/year cracker at the site.
The maintenance shutdown, however, was most likely concentrated on the refinery side, market sources said.
Traders said that ExxonMobil had covered its naphtha requirements for March, having bought over 100,000 tonnes for that month.
“They bought the March cargoes earlier,” said one trader.
Meanwhile, a major PX buyer said that ExxonMobil had not indicated cuts in contract volumes for March and April.
In case the PX unit was among the plants due for maintenance, the
ExxonMobil is a major PX supplier to
Additional reporting by Felicia Loo, Peh Soo Hwee and Bohan Loh
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