NPRA '11: Singapore, Saudi projects a priority - ExxonMobil Chemical

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.

Speaking on the sidelines of the NPRA International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), Pryor identified the Singapore complex start-up as the company’s number one development priority in 2011 followed by the elastomers joint venture being pursued in Saudi Arabia with SABIC.

The new Singapore complex will give the company 2.5m tonnes of additional production capacity to meet Asia-Pacific demand growth.

Plant start-ups have to be undertaken sequentially and could take many months, the company said earlier this year.

The complex includes a 1m tonne/year cracker, two 650,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) plants, a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit and associated facilities.

An oxo-alcohols expansion project at the complex was completed and started up in July 2009.

The company’s first petrochemicals production complex on Jurong Island, the Singapore Chemical Plant, was completed in 2001.

ExxonMobil Chemical’s elastomers and carbon black joint venture with SABIC in Saudi Arabia has progressed to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) stage.

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 Saudi Arabia’s automobile production strategy, he added.

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.

($1 = €0.71)

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By: Nigel Davis
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