10 May 2013 08:54 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil expects to start ethylene production at its new 1m tonne/year cracker in Singapore “in a few weeks”, a company spokesperson said on Friday.
“Commissioning and start-up of the multi-billion dollar petrochemical expansion on Jurong Island is progressing well,” the spokesperson said.
The new cracker is part of ExxonMobil’s second petrochemical project in Singapore.
“The ethylene qualification activities will be coordinated with the commissioning of the steam cracker,” the spokesperson said.
The project includes new oxo-alcohol and transalkylation units; two 650,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) units; a 450,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant; a 300,000 tonne/year metallocene elastomers unit; and an aromatics extraction unit that can produce 340,000 tonnes/year of benzene.
It will also boost the company’s paraxylene (PX) output at the site by 80,000 tonnes/year.
Additional reporting by Peh Soo Hwee
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