Shell starts up ethylene cracker in Singapore

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 19
-- Shell Eastern Petroleum Ltd. has started up its new ethylene cracker in Singapore. The cracker complex is part of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex, which consists of modifications to the existing Bukom refinery and construction of a new worldscale monoethylene glycol plant on Jurong Island.

The 800,000 tonne/year cracker increases Singapore's ethylene capacity by 40%, said a company announcement, while also producing 450,000 tpy of propylene, 230,000 tpy of benzene, and 155,000 tpy of butadiene.

The cracker uses Lummus Technology proprietary ethylene cracking technology, and the butadiene extraction unit uses proprietary technology from BASF/Lummus Technology.

CB&I, Houston, in joint venture with Toyo Engineering Corp., completed the engineering, procurement, and construction of the cracker.

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