ExxonMobil ramping up Singapore LLDPE output upon cracker restart

11 December 2013 10:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has been ramping up production at its linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plants in Singapore since restarting its 900,000 tonne/year cracker at the site in November, industry sources said on Wednesday.

The company has three LLDPE plants at its Singapore petrochemical complex – two new 650,000 tonne/year units and an old unit with a 600,000 tonne/year capacity – that ran at reduced rates during the maintenance of the cracker.

ExxonMobil has informed buyers in Malaysia that from 18 December, it will resume  delivery of general purpose film grade LLDPE with a melt flow index of one, an ExxonMobil buyer in Malaysia said.

The producer is expected to start supplying stretch film grades LLDPE again from around 22 December, he said.

Supply of hexene-based metallocene LLDPE from ExxonMobil’s plants in Singapore, however, were not affected by the shutdown of the cracker, according to the company’s buyers in China and southeast Asia.

ExxonMobil was not immediately available for comment.

Additional reporting by Yeow Pei Lin

By: Chow Bee Lin
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