Shell still carrying out repairs at Bukom cracker in Singapore

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 Singapore, and the restart will not happen until the middle of May, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

"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.

Market sources said that Shell has started feeding naphtha into the cracker.

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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