30 May 2013 10:19 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil is currently running its two new polyethylene (PE) plants in Singapore at reduced capacities, with one unit producing hexene-based metallocene linear low density PE (MLLDPE), regional distributors said on Thursday.
Each of the units has a 650,000 tonne/year capacity.
The unit currently producing MLLDPE is operating at above 80% of capacity, while the other that churns out butene-based LLDPE for bulk shipment is running at a lower capacity of around 60%, the distributors said.
At its old PE plant with a 600,000 tonne/year capacity, ExxonMobil is producing butene-based LLDPE that is shipped in 25kg bags. This plant is running at 40% of capacity, they said.
ExxonMobil declined to comment on the operations of its facilities.
The company had cut its allocations for bagged shipments as a result of its lower output for this market segment, according to the company’s buyers in China and Vietnam.
The producer is running all its PE plants in Singapore using ethylene bought from the spot market, regional distributors said.
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