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SHELL on Thursday said it has successfully upgraded its Singapore ethylene cracker complex (ECC), bolstering the company's largest refining-chemicals integrated site.
The project on Bukom Island, home to Shell's largest fully-owned refinery, has boosted production of ethylene by more than 20 per cent.
"It has reduced the ECC's energy consumption by about 7 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions by 11 per cent," said Shell.
It added that the additional supply of products supports the expansion of intermediates plants on nearby Jurong Island, including Shell's world-scale mono-ethylene glycol plant and third-party facilities.
"This project reinforces the refining-chemicals integration - including feedstock, product and logistics - that we put in place when we completed the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex project," said Graham van't Hoff, executive vice-president, Shell Chemicals.
He added that the project maximises the full potential of Shell's petrochemicals footprint in Singapore and underlines the company's strategy to remain a leading player in the Asian petrochemicals market.
The ECC is a major component of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project - Shell Chemicals' largest investment to date.
It is integrated with the Shell Pulau Bukom manufacturing site and its mono-ethylene glycol plant on nearby Jurong Island.