16 November 2012

Shell to increase capacity of ethylene cracker in Singapore

- Increase capacity of olefins and aromatics by more than 20% 
- Ethylene cracker opened in March 2010 

15 November 2012 - Shell announced today that it has taken a final investment decision to ‘debottleneck’ its Singapore ethylene cracker on Pulau Bukom (Bukom Island). This is expected to increase the capacity of olefins and aromatics by more than 20 per cent. Engineering work for the debottleneck will take place during the next maintenance turn-around of the cracker. 

The ethylene cracker opened in March 2010 and is a major component of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project, Shell’s largest-ever petrochemicals investment. It is integrated with Shell’s largest refinery, on Pulau Bukom, and with its world-scale mono-ethylene glycol plant on nearby Jurong Island. 

“Our Singapore ethylene cracker was designed with potential capacity expansion in mind and I am delighted to confirm this debottlenecking,” said Ben van Beurden, Executive Vice President for Shell Chemicals. 

The investment will generate additional volumes to help us meet growing demand from our customers in the region. It will also further unlock value from integration with our refinery and our derivatives activities on Jurong Island. This integration is key to our strategy.” 

Dr Huck Poh, Manufacturing Director for Shell Singapore, underlined the significance of this investment, “This project reinforces Shell’s commitment to Singapore, which is already our largest petrochemicals production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region.” 

The SEPC project included a new ethylene cracker complex, a world-scale mono-ethylene glycol plant, and modifications to the existing Pulau Bukom refinery. The project was strategically located to take advantage of existing infrastructure and to ensure that maximum benefits are achieved by integrating the petrochemical site with Shell’s Bukom oil refinery. 

Bukom refinery was modified to enable it to produce feedstock for the ethylene cracker. This integration delivers operating efficiencies and valuable by-products, as well as the ability to use feedstock from the adjacent refinery rather than importing from elsewhere. 

Shell Chemicals has been a leading player in the manufacture and sale of bulk petrochemicals to large industrial customers for more than 80 years. It has been ranked the world’s sixth largest petrochemical company based on turnover. In 2011, it sold more than 18 million tonnes of product and achieved record earnings of over $2 billion. 

Source: Shell Singapore