30 March 2011 07:32 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell has yet to restart the operations at its 800,000 tonne/year mixed-feed cracker in Pulau Bukom, Singapore, as originally scheduled on 29 March, following a shutdown caused by operational issues, market sources said on Wednesday.
“We heard it is still shut and the unofficial word is that the restart might be next week,” a trader said.
Another trader told ICIS that the producer was trying to restart the cracker, but added that there has been no official confirmation.
The cracker was shut at 21:00 hours Singapore time (13:00 GMT) on 18 March because of a compressor issue and had been expected to remain shut for 10 days, traders 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.
A company official declined to give details, saying: “We do not comment on operational matters.”
A company spokesperson said earlier on Monday: “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.”
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