Shell’s Singapore cracker achieves on-spec production - sources

24 May 2011 05:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell is running its 800,000 tonne/year cracker at Bukom Island in Singapore, with on-spec production achieved since 19 May, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The energy major restarted its cracker in the middle of May after it was shut for two months because of technical problems.

“Shell’s back on stream. On-spec production was seen on Thursday [19 May],” said an ethylene trader.

Shell could not be reached for comment.

The shutdown of the mixed-feed cracker since 18 March forced Shell to halt shipments of ethylene and monoethylene glycol (MEG) to its customers.

The cracker is an integral part of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC), Shell’s largest fully integrated refinery and petrochemicals hub in the world, according to the company's website.

Additional reporting by Feliana Widjaja and Nurluqman Suratman

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