Shell plans Singapore cracker shutdown in August - sources

03 June 2011 12:23  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell plans to shut its 800,000 tonne/year mixed feed cracker in Singapore in August to address some technical issues, market sources said on Friday.

“There will be some new equipment arriving in early August so the cracker will need to be shut for a few weeks,” said one source.

A Shell spokesperson told ICIS that it was not the company’s policy to discuss maintenance schedules at its cracker at Bukom Island.

The spokesperson also said the cracker is running and that the company will gradually increase its operating rates but did not give specific details. Market sources, however, said the cracker is operating at around 60% of capacity following its restart in mid-May.

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