Bloomberg: Shell May Start Ethylene Plant in Singapore’s Pulau Bukom After Mid-May

Bloomberg today reported that Shell’s ethylene plant, located in Pulau Bukom, is most likely to start up after mid-May, after running into some technical difficulties. The full story below.

Shell May Start Ethylene Plant in Singapore’s Pulau Bukom After Mid-May

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) reiterated that its ethylene plant at Pulau Bukom, Singapore, may only start up after the middle of this month.

The “earliest possible” restart isn’t expected before the middle of May, the company said in an e-mailed statement today. Shell shut the plant on March 18 because of technical problems, according to the notice. The company said April 11 that the facility isn’t expected to start up before mid-May.

“Our manufacturing and technology teams have been working round the clock and continue to work hard to determine the cause of the technical problems,” Shell said. “Repairs are being carried out with the utmost urgency to fix these technical problems.”

The European refiner declared force majeure on some chemical contracts from the plant because of unplanned operational issues, according to an e-mail from the company on March 21. Force majeure is a legal clause allowing companies to miss deliveries because of circumstances beyond their control.

The Singapore cracker complex has the ability to turn naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas and heavy hydrocarbons into chemicals. It has an annual capacity to produce 800,000 metric tons of ethylene, 450,000 tons of propylene and 230,000 tons of benzene, according to the company’s website.

Image taken from Gerard Stolk en route

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