Shell Progresses With Lube Plant Move To Tuas, Singapore
Nov 18, 2013
Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd (Shell) today announced that it is moving ahead with its plan to build a new Lube Oil Blending Plant (LOBP) and Grease Manufacturing Plant (GMP) in Tuas, southwest of Singapore. Construction at the project site has commenced with the first piling works in October 2013, marking a major milestone in the progress of the project.
When completed, Shell’s new LOBP and GMP are expected to have an increased capacity of approximately 40% vs. its existing Woodlands North facilities. The Tuas plants will produce Shell’s major brands like Shell Helix, Shell Advance, Shell Rimula, Shell Tellus, Shell Spirax and Shell Omala, to supply its customers in more than 30 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
“We are pleased to announce this important milestone for Shell in Singapore, as the groundbreaking of our new LOBP and GMP facilities signifies our commitment to always provide our customers with the right products and services in the right places. Moreso, this is a demonstration of Shell’s continuing confidence in the country, as a strategic hub for Shell’s Lubricants operations,” said Dennis Cheong, Global Vice President for Shell Lubricants Supply Chain.“We look forward to celebrating more milestones as we aim to complete the project safely, on time and on budget.”
Shell’s new facility is being constructed adjacent to the Lube Park shared facilities, built and operated by Singapore Lube Park Pte Ltd, a joint venture company between Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd, Sinopec Lubricant (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Total Oil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, following an earlier announcement in July.
When completed, Shell’s new LOBP and GMP in Tuas will replace its existing facility in Woodlands North. This move to a more strategic, larger and linked-up LOBP and GMP site will enable the capacity expansion needed to support the expected demand growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Shell Spokesperson, Asia Pacific
Shell Spokesperson, Asia Pacific
NOTES TO EDITORS
Shell’s Lube Oil Blending Plant has been in Woodlands North since 1963. Products from Woodlands are shipped to more than 30 countries in Asia and the Middle East for the marine sector.
The JVC will lease the land, and own and operate shared facilities that cover jetty, pipelines, and common utilities and tank farms that interface with the jetty. Tanks are for exclusive use and will be owned by the individual partners.
Finished lubricants are produced at a LOBP: where base oil is blended with additives. A blending plant is generally divided into three areas: the base oil and additives storage and blending area, the filling area and the warehouse. In each LOBP, we use a number of types of base oils to produce a variety of finished products. In whatever blending plant our products are made, they meet Shell standard product specifications, industry requirements and our customers’ expectations. Quality control of final products produced at the plant is monitored by on-site Shell laboratory at every LOBP.
Greases are localised lubrication systems. Grease is self sealing, providing its own reservoir for the lubricant it contains. Grease manufacturing is a carefully monitored manufacturing process in which a chemical reaction takes place to create the grease thickener. This process is critical in ensuring the performance of the grease.
The grease manufacturing process is more than a blending activity as on the liquid lubricants side. A GMP generally consist of a workshop - with a number of production lines - grease processing equipment, plant control system, pack filling lines and laboratory equipment and other associated facilities.
It will also have a warehouse for storage of packed raw materials, packaging and finished products, bulk additive and base oil tanks, bulk finished products tanks and truck unloading facilities.
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