Shell’s force majeure in Singapore covers MEG supply - sources

03 October 2011 05:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell’s force majeure (FM) in Singapore following a fire at its Bukom refinery extends to the company’s monoethylene glycol (MEG) supply, market sources said on Monday.

The operating status of Shell’s 800,000 tonne/year cracker at Bukom Island, along with the company’s two MEG plants in Jurong Island, remains unclear. Shell has a 750,000 tonne/year and a 110,000 tonne/year MEG plants in Singapore.

Late on Sunday, Shell has confirmed a force majeure declaration on some of its customers after a 30-hour blaze at its Bukom refinery. The fire erupted in early afternoon of 28 September and was just completely extinguished on the night of 29 September.

No details were provided on the products covered in the FM.

When asked to comment on the issue, a Shell spokesperson said: “We are not able to comment further, as this is commercially sensitive information.”

“We understand the concerns of our customers. We are in discussions with them to address their supply needs and to minimize any potential impact,” the spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement to ICIS.

Additional reporting by Judith Wang, Clive Ong, Felicia Loo and Peh Soo Hwee

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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