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Shell encounters operational failure at Singapore complex

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 28/09/2016 (14:59)
According to market sources, Shell Chemicals encountered an operational failure at one of its production units at Pulau Bukom petrochemical complex in Singapore yesterday afternoon. It is stated that the failure caused dark smoke while the rest of the complex was operating smoothly.

The company has not yet indicated which unit was affected and whether or not the unit has resumed operations or the expected restart date of the unit. However, traders stated that the shutdown could last around a month.

The Pulau Bukom petrochemical complex can produce 960,000 tons/year of ethylene and 540,000 tons/year of propylene. Traders commented that Shell Chemicals could lower its ethylene and propylene nominations, but the company did not confirm. The cracker had been restarted in mid-July after an outage and a force majeure on olefins was lifted August 18. It had been declared in December 2015 due to unexpected problems.
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