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Shell Singapore cracker upgrade boosts ethylene output 20%
Apr '15
Shell said it has successfully upgraded its Singapore ethylene cracker complex (ECC), bolstering production of ethylene by more than 20 per cent.

The upgradation for the project on Bukom Island, home to Shell’s largest fully-owned refinery, has also reduced the ECC’s energy consumption by about 7 per cent and CO2 emissions by 11 per cent.

“The additional supply of products supports the expansion of intermediates plants on nearby Jurong Island, including Shell’s world-scale mono-ethylene glycol plant and third-party facilities,” it said in a press release.

The ECC is a major component of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project, Shell Chemicals’ largest investment to date.

It is integrated with the Shell Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site and its mono-ethylene glycol plant on nearby Jurong Island.

Products from ECC products are sent via an undersea pipeline to nearby Jurong Island, Singapore’s chemical hub. Shell Jurong Island in Singapore comprises a number of chemicals intermediates plants.

They are further converted into intermediate chemicals and used to make a range of everyday products, from paints, washing liquids, pillows, to plastic bottles, cars and computers.

The ECC upgrade involved the installation of 100 pieces of new and modified equipment, nearly 2,000 tons of steel, over 200 km of cables, 40 km of piping and scaffolding of more than 30 storeys in height.

At peak activity, 9,000 people worked on Bukom Island, which is the size of around 250 soccer fields and the project clocked over 7.5 million work hours without any time lost due to injury.

“This project reinforces the refining-chemicals integration, including feedstock, product and logistics that we have put in place,” said Graham van’t Hoff, executive vice-president, Shell Chemicals.

“It maximises the full potential of Shell’s petrochemicals footprint in Singapore and underlines our strategy to remain a leading player in the Asian petrochemicals market,” he added.

“Singapore is Shell’s petrochemicals operations hub in the Asia Pacific. The ECC upgrade entrenches our competitive position even further,” said Huck Poh, general manager for Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site.

“I am proud that we have completed this upgrade ahead of schedule, within budget and without lost-time injury, topped by a flawless start-up during Bukom’s largest-ever turnaround event,” he too added. (AR)

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