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Fire occurred at Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery in Singapore

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 24/08/2015 (17:12)
According to media reports, a fire occurred at a crude unit at Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery in Singapore on August 21. The refinery is able to process 500,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). The fire at the 210,000 b/d No. 5 crude unit occurred during the company’s planned maintenance that started at the end of July. When the refinery will come online is unclear. The fire reportedly did not affect the petrochemical complex at the same site.

In April, Shell Chemical completed expansion works at its naphtha-fed steam cracker in Bukom Island. The cracker’s olefins and aromatics capacities reportedly increased by over 20% following the expansion. Before expansion works, the cracker, which came online in March 2010, had a capacity to produce 800,000 tons/year of ethylene, 450,000 tons/year of propylene, 230,000 tons/year of benzene and 155,000 tons/year of butadiene, according to the company’s official website.

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