UpdateExxonMobil ramping up downstream ops after cracker start-up

30 May 2013 10:02  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil is ramping up production at its downstream units on Jurong Island in Singapore over the next few weeks following the start of ethylene production at the firm’s new 1m tonnes/year cracker at the same site, the energy major said on Thursday.

“We successfully completed the commissioning of the steam cracker and we are now focused on ensuring that the plant operates safely and reliably,” Georges Grosliere, venture executive and manufacturing director of the Singapore Chemical Plant, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, said in a statement.

The new cracker boosts the company's ethylene production capacity in Singapore to 1.9m tonnes/year.

Over the next few weeks, company plans to increase production at its three polyethylene plants, two polypropylene plants, a specialty metallocene elastomers unit and the expanded oxo-alcohol and aromatics units in the complex, the statement added.

The expansion project, which is integrated with the existing petrochemical plant on Jurong Island, includes new oxo-alcohol and transalkylation units; two 650,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) units; a 500,000 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.

ExxonMobil completed construction of the expansion in December last year and is producing commercial grades of new products, such as specialty metallocene elastomers, for the first time in the Asia Pacific region.

“This expansion gives ExxonMobil unparalleled feedstock flexibility in the industry and positions the Singapore petrochemical complex well to serve growth markets from China to the Indian sub-continent and beyond," said Matthew Aguiar, the chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.

“We are committed to meeting the regional demand for petrochemical,” Aguiar added.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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