ExxonMobil to shut some Singapore units for maintenance

27 September 2013 10:02 Source:ICIS News

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--ExxonMobil said on Friday it will be shutting down some units at its Singapore chemical complex from 28 September for planned maintenance.

“The overall duration of this maintenance is expected to last several weeks. This is a scheduled maintenance,” the company said in a statement, without specifying the units that will be taken off line.

The turnaround at the Singapore Chemical Plant (SCP) will involve detailed inspection of equipment, routine maintenance and the installation of “facility improvement projects”, it said without elaborating.

“During the units’ shut down and start up, some flaring may occur but it will be kept to a minimum,” it added.

SCP is ExxonMobil Chemical’s largest petrochemical complex in the world. It has a 900,000 tonne/year cracker and a 1m tonne/year cracker at its production site on Jurong Island.

The company also runs a 600,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) unit, as well as a 405,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at the site.

In the 2012 expansion of the Singapore petrochemical complex, ExxonMobil added two new 650,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) plants and a 500,000 tonne/year PP unit.

“We have communicated the planned maintenance to our customers and we expect to continue meeting their business needs during this period of time,” ExxonMobil said.

By Nurluqman Suratman