Singapore Elba PO/SM unit cut run rates on technical woes: sources

17 September 2013 09:24  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Singapore's Elba Eastern has reduced the run rates of its propylene oxide (PO)/styrene monomer (SM) unit at Jurong Island because of technical hiccups since 16 September, market sources said on Tuesday.

The company officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

The exact problem and the current operation rates could not be determined and it was unclear as to how long the reduced operations will continue, market players said.

Elba’s facility can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of PO and 550,000 tonnes/year of SM.

A couple of feedstock benzene cargoes maybe delayed as a result, they added.

However, a few downstream contract customers did not receive any notification of the status of the SM unit.

The Elba Eastern facility is a 50:50 joint venture between Shell Eastern Petroleum and BASF South East Asia.

Additional reporting by Clive Ong


Author: Ong Sheau Ling



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