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Shell declares force majeure on base chemical products from Singapore plant

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Shell refinery in Pulau Bukom on Sept 30, 2011

[SINGAPORE] Royal Dutch Shell has declared force majeure on base chemical products from its ethylene cracker complex in Singapore after operations were disrupted, a spokeswoman said on Friday. "We can confirm that on (Wednesday), the Pulau Bukom manufacturing site experienced an operational upset at its ethylene cracker complex which has resulted in flaring," she said, adding that no one was injured and authorities had been notified.

The force majeure was declared on Wednesday. The cracker produces over 900,000 tonnes of ethylene a year. "We are working to resume normal operations and supply as soon as possible, so as to minimise the potential impact on our customers," the spokeswoman said.

REUTERS