Shell to restart Singapore cracker 29 March – market sources

28 March 2011 09:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell is expected to restart operations at its 800,000 tonne/year mixed-feed cracker and 750,000 tonne/year MEG plant in Pulau Bukom, Singapore, by 29 March following a 10-day outage caused by operational issues, market sources said on Monday.

The cracker was shut on 18 March due to a compressor issue and had been expected to remain shut for 10 days, traders said.

The cracker had recently completed a turnaround and was restarted over the weekend of 12-13 March.

Shell subsequently declared force majeure (FM) on monoethylene glycol (MEG) and ethylene (C2) following the shutdown, while prompt shipments of propylene (C3) were also be affected, sources said.

The cracker complex produces 800,000 tonnes/year of C2, 450,000 tonnes/year of C3 and 230,000 tonnes/year of benzene, according to Shell’s website.

Shell’s 750,000 tonne/year MEG plant on neighbouring Jurong Island gets its C2 feedstock via pipelines from the cracker complex.

“For the duration of the Force Majeure we have declared, our supply chain teams are working hard to resume normal operations and supply as soon as possible,” a company spokesperson said.

When asked to confirm if the cracker will resume operations on 29 March, the spokesperson said: “We do not comment on operational matters.”

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By: Helen Lee
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