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When selecting the location for the new complex, Singapore was an obvious choice. The Shell Group has an established base and a good track record for delivery of projects in Singapore.
The Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex integrated refinery and petrochemicals project delivered a world-scale ethylene cracker on Pulau Bukom, Singapore.
Singapore is already Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region. Investments in the Singapore petrochemicals industry by Shell companies include a polyols plant, a joint-venture styrene monomer and propylene oxide plant (Ellba Eastern Ltd) and a number of other joint ventures.
The new ethylene cracker is located on Pulau Bukom (Bukom Island), to the south of mainland Singapore. The Shell Bukom refinery is the largest Shell refinery in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity, making Singapore a key regional supply and trading centre for the Shell Group. Some 90% of Bukom's products are exported to countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
Jurong Island is to the west of Pulau Bukom and is linked to Bukom via undersea pipelines.
A key reason for building this project in Singapore is to capture the integration benefits of locating a world-scale cracker near a large refinery. It opens up numerous opportunities for optimisation of feedstocks, including crude and condensate, as well as intermediate streams within the refinery.