27 May 2011 04:55 [Source: ICIS news]
FUKUOKA, Japan (ICIS)--Shell is currently running its 800,000 tonne/year cracker at Bukom Island in Singapore at 60-70% of capacity, after achieving on-spec production last week, sources attending the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) 2011 said on Friday.
A Shell spokesperson said that the process of restarting the cracker began in the middle of May.
“During the start-up stage, the cracker will gradually increase its operating rates,” the spokesperson said, without stating the cracker’s current run rate.
Shell will monitor the performance of the cracker to determine whether the force majeure on ethylene and monoethylene glycol shipments can be lifted, she said.
Technical problems shut the cracker on 18 March and had remained down for nearly two months, prompting the force majeure declaration.
“We will keep our customers regularly updated on the situation,” the spokesperson said.
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.
The two-day APIC 2011 runs from 26-27 May.
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