04 October 2011 08:24 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Energy major Shell is operating its mixed-feed cracker on Singapore’s Pulau Bukom at a reduced rate in the wake of a refinery fire, industry sources said on Tuesday.
“The cracker is running at a reduced load of around 50-60%,” said a source, who insisted on anonymity.
Shell was forced to shut its 500,000 bbl/day refinery following a blaze on 28 September. The fire was put out late on 29 September.
The company issued a statement on 2 October, confirming that a force majeure has been declared on some of its customers, without providing further details.
The operating status of the downstream plants is currently unclear.
On Tuesday, a Shell spokesperson said that the “damage was contained to the vicinity of the pump-house” of the refinery and that “other facilities and units at Bukom are not affected”.
The company is still in the process of progressively shutting down the rest of the refinery units as a safety precaution, the spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.
Additional reporting by Judith Wang, Chan Jingyi and Nurluqman Suratman
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