Shell Singapore restarts one of three Bukom CDUs, cracker running

10 October 2011 05:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell Singapore restarted operations at one of the three crude distillation units (CDUs) at its 500,000 bbl/day Bukom refinery over the weekend, market sources said on Monday.

The No 5 CDU, the largest of the three at the Bukom refinery, resumed production on Sunday, one of the sources said. The actual capacities of each CDU could not be ascertained at the time of writing.

The three CDUs were shut by a fire that lasted more than 30 hours at Shell's Bukom manufacturing site on 28-29 September.

Meanwhile, Shell's 800,000 tonne/year cracker at the site is still running on Monday but at low operating rates, with significantly reduced naphtha supply, said another source.

“We can confirm that some operations have continued and some operations will resume at the site but we are unable to comment on operational specifics,” a Shell spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.

The Bukom refinery produces an estimated 250,000 tonnes of naphtha per month, a fifth of which is supplied to the mixed-feed cracker, according to a market source.

Additional reporting by Pearl Bantillo

By: Bohan Loh
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