03 November 2009

Petrochemical complex opposite Pulau Hantu nears completion

An important part of Shell's new US$3 billion petrochemical cracker complex is ready and operational, ahead of the complex's completion in the first quarter of next year.
Pulau Bukom lies just off the rich reefs of Pulau Hantu
This massive petrochemical complex is built on reclaimed land which buried the living reefs of Terumbu Bayan. It lies just opposite Pulau Hantu, a wild living reef that is a popular local dive spot.

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Shell's Bukom ethylene jetty is operational
The cracker complex will be completed by first quarter of 2010
Ronnie Lim, Business Times 3 Nov 09;
AN important part of Shell's new US$3 billion petrochemical cracker complex - a cryogenic ethylene jetty and terminal on Pulau Bukom - is ready and operational, ahead of the entire complex's completion in the first quarter of next year.

Shell said that the milestone was marked on Oct 28 when the Christophe Schulte sailed into the newly constructed jetty and discharged the very first shipment of ethylene into new refrigerated ethylene storage facilities on Bukom.

The oil giant said that the completion of the terminal and the arrival of this first shipment of ethylene is a major step in the transformation of the Bukom refinery into an integrated oil and petrochemical complex.

The new jetty and storage is the first cryogenic terminal for Shell in Singapore, and one of a few fully Shell owned and operated ethylene jetties around the world. The jetty is designed to load and discharge refrigerated ethylene to and from ethylene carriers.

The jetty links Bukom via refrigerated storage and undersea pipelines to the new 750,000 tonnes per annum mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant on Jurong Island that is currently being started up. The MEG plant is a downstream plant of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC).

The main piece of the SEPC complex is a new world-scale 800,000 tonnes per annum ethylene cracker complex on Bukom, and when this plant is completed in the first quarter of next year, the jetty will also allow Shell to export surplus ethylene to customers in the region.

Simon Lam, venture director for the new SEPC, said: 'We are happy that the SEPC project is on track for completion in early 2010.'

It will add new capabilities to the site and positions Bukom well into the future as a major oil-chemical manufacturing site for Shell, he added.

Singapore is already Shell's largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia-Pacific region, and the SEPC project is Shell's largest single investment in Asia.

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