ExxonMobil starts up Singapore PE plant, on-spec LLDPE produced

02 February 2012 09:17  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has started up one of its two new 650,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) plants in Jurong Island, Singapore, and the unit is now producing on-spec linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), a company executive said on Thursday.

The plant is not running at full capacity because of an on-site shortage of feedstock ethylene, but its production rate will be ramped up when ExxonMobil's new cracker at the same site comes on stream, said John Verity, vice president for ExxonMobil Chemical's global polyolefins business, at the PlastIndia conference in New Delhi.

ExxonMobil’s second petrochemical project in Singapore includes a new 1m tonne/year cracker, a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit and associated facilities.

The energy giant expects to start up all the plants in the second Singapore project by the second half of this year.

Additional reporting by Nurluqman Suratman

By: Chow Bee Lin
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