29 March 2013 08:26 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)— Shell Chemical plans to shut its 230,000 tonne/year polyether polyols plant in Jurong Island, Singapore, for a scheduled month-long maintenance in May, market sources said on Friday.
However, the company’s upstream 181,000 tonne/year propylene oxide (PO) plant will operate fully during the same period of time.
At the same site, Shell has a downstream 80,000 tonne/year monopropylene glycol (MPG) facility that manufactures both industrial-grade and pharmaceutical-grade PG, or USP, that has been experiencing issues since mid-March. However, company officials were not readily available for confirmation about the current status for the above plants.
In an earlier statement, the company announced plans to increase the capacity of its polyether polyols plant to 360,000 tonnes/year in 2014 from the current 230,000 tonnes/year.
The upgrading, which will commence around mid-April, will involve optimising existing facilities and using a catalyst to boost the conversion of PO and ethylene oxide (EO) to polyols.
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