Shell’s ethoxylation facilities in Singapore to complete in Q1 ’15

08 April 2014 08:31 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Shell’s construction of ethoxylation facilities at Jurong Island, Singapore are set to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, according to a company source on Tuesday.

Shell launched the official groundbreaking in April 2013 for two ethoxylation units with a combined capacity of 140,000 tonnes/year.

These will add to Shell’s existing capacities for alcohol ethoxylates at 40,000 tonnes/year from its acquisition of its partner’s shares in Ethylene Glycols (Singapore) in 2010.  

Ethoxylates have applications in the home and personal care, agrochemicals, textile, lubricant and paper industries.

Alcohol ethoxylates can be used directly as surfactants or as a feedstock for the production of sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) - the main workhorse of natural surfactants.

By Angeline Soh