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New ethylene jetty and cryogenic terminal completed
The "Christophe Schulte" (foreground) docks at Shell's newly completed ethylene jetty.
Shell marked another milestone in the construction of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project in Singapore, with the completion of a new ethylene jetty and the arrival of the first shipment of ethylene on October 28, 2009.
The “Christophe Schulte” sailed into the newly constructed jetty on Pulau Bukom and discharged the very first shipment of ethylene into newly constructed refrigerated ethylene storage facilities.
The jetty links Pulau Bukom via the refrigerated storage and undersea pipelines to the mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant on Jurong Island that is currently being started up.
When the new Ethylene Cracker Complex (ECC) on Pulau Bukom is completed in the first quarter of next year, this jetty will also allow Shell to export surplus ethylene to customers in the region.
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.
Simon Lam, Venture Director for SEPC, said, “The commissioning of the new terminal and the arrival of the first shipment of ethylene is yet another significant milestone that we have crossed right on schedule. We are happy that the SEPC project is on track for completion in early 2010.”
He added that the completion of the terminal and the arrival of this first shipment of ethylene is a major step in the transformation of the Pulau Bukom Refinery into an integrated oil and petrochemical complex. It adds new capabilities to the site and positions it well into the future as a major oil-chemical manufacturing site for Shell.
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. SEPC has been strategically located to take advantage of existing infrastructure and to ensure that maximum benefits are achieved by integrating the petrochemical site with the existing Bukom Refinery. Since its groundbreaking by Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in October 2006, the SEPC project has completed several noteworthy milestones, employing up to 15,000 people at its peak.
The SEPC is Shell’s largest downstream investment in Asia. It includes a new world-scale 800,000 tonnes per annum ethylene cracker complex on Pulau Bukom and a 750,000 tonnes per annum mono-ethylene glycol plant on Jurong Island using Shell’s proprietary OMEGA technology. The project scope also includes modifications and additions to the Bukom refinery and a butadiene extraction plant. More information about the project is available at http://www.shell.com/chemicals/sepc.