Shell decides to debottleneck 800,000 tonne/yr Singapore cracker

15 November 2012 02:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Anglo-Dutch energy major Shell said on Thursday it has taken a final investment decision to debottleneck its 800,000 tonne/year mixed-feed cracker at Bukom Island in Singapore to boost the company's production capacity at the site.

“This is expected to increase the capacity of olefins and aromatics by more than 20%,” Shell said in a statement.

Financial details of the capacity expansion project were not disclosed.

Engineering work for the debottlenecking will take place during the next maintenance turnaround of the cracker, the company said without specifying a timeline.

The cracker is part of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC), which can produce 800,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, 750,000 tonnes/year of monoethylene glycol (MEG), 155,000 tonnes/year of butadiene, 450,000 tonnes/year of propylene and 230,000 tonnes/year of benzene.

“The investment will generate additional volumes to help us meet growing demand from our customers in the region.  It will also further unlock value from integration with our refinery and our derivatives activities on Jurong Island,” said Shell Chemicals executive vice president Ben van Beurden.

The cracker is integrated with Shell’s largest refinery on Pulau Bukom and with its world-scale MEG plant in nearby Jurong Island.


By: Nurluqman Suratman



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