Shell experiencing minor outage at Singapore cracker – sources

07 November 2012 04:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell is experiencing a minor outage at its 800,000 tonne/year mixed-feed cracker on Pulau Bukom, Singapore, with normal operations at the unit expected to be resumed by the end of the week, traders said on Wednesday.

“We heard yesterday [6 November] that the cracker had a sudden trip, but it’s likely to be a minor outage lasting three to four days,” a regional trader said.

It was not immediately clear whether production at the unit was halted because of the outage. The cracker operator is looking for some prompt cargoes, but it is unlikely to be a substantial volume, the trader added.

Another trader said that the outage at the cracker resulted in a flaring event, but did not elaborate further.

Meanwhile, a Shell spokesperson said: “We do not comment on operational matters.”

By: Helen Lee

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