27 March 2011 23:05 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--ExxonMobil Chemical will begin serving customers from its $5bn-6bn (€3.6bn-4.3bn) Singapore cracker complex in the second half of this year as it starts up production units sequentially, ExxonMobil Chemical president Steve Pryor said on Sunday.
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Plant start-ups have to be undertaken sequentially and could take many months, the company said earlier this year.
An oxo-alcohols expansion project at the complex was completed and started up in July 2009.
The company’s first petrochemicals production complex on
ExxonMobil Chemical’s elastomers and carbon black joint venture with SABIC in
The project will go ahead in Al-Jubail rather than at dual locations in the Kingdom and will produce 400,000 tonnes/year of products including butyl rubber, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and carbon black, Pryor said.
The elastomeric specialties will help support the development of
Neither costs nor a start-up schedule have been provided by the project partners - the plants will be integrated with their Kemya joint venture in Al Jubail - but media reports have estimated a total investment value of $5bn, with start-up expected in 2013 or 2014.
Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC continues through Tuesday.
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