12 May 2011 12:14 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell is still carrying out repairs at its 800,000 tonne/year cracker at Bukom in ?xml:namespace>
"Our manufacturing and technology teams have been working round the clock and continue to work hard to determine the cause of the technical problems," the spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.
"Repairs are being carried out with the utmost urgency to fix these technical problems. Our current estimate is that the earliest possible cracker start-up date is not expected before middle of May,” she added.
The outage at the cracker since 18 March prompted Shell to declare a force majeure on ethylene and monoethylene glycol (MEG) shipments.
The 800,000 tonne/year cracker is an integral part of Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC), Shell’s largest full integrated refinery and petrochemicals hub.
Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee
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