07 June 2013 10:06 [Source: ICB]
US-based ExxonMobil is ramping up production at its downstream units on Jurong Island in Singapore over the coming weeks following the start of ethylene production at the firm's new 1m tonne/year cracker at the same site.
The cracker boosts the company's ethylene production capacity in Singapore to 1.9m tonnes/year.
Over the next few weeks, the company plans to increase production at its three polyethylene (PE) plants, two polypropylene (PP) plants, specialty metallocene elastomers unit and expanded oxo-alcohol and aromatics units.
The expansion project, which is integrated with the existing petrochemical plant, includes new oxo-alcohol and transalkylation units; two 650,000 tonne/year PE units; a 500,000 tonne/year 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 2012 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, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific. "We are committed to meeting the regional demand for petrochemicals."
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