Project Snapshot
Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex
Facility Type: Petrochemical
Scope: New Construction
Owner: Shell Chemicals Limited
Location: Jurong Island and Bukom Island  Singapore
Region: Australasia
Modified:  October 22, 2010

Project description

Shell Chemicals Limited in May 2010 announced the completion of its wholly owned integrated petrochemical facility on Jurong Island in Singapore. The Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) comprises a new world-scale ethylene cracker and one of the world's largest mono-ethylene-glycol (MEG) plants.

The 800,000-tonne-per-annum ethylene cracker, which started up in March 2010, was built at Shell's Bukom Refinery on nearby Bukom Island. Bukom Island also houses a new 155,000-t/a butadiene extraction unit. The 750,000-t/a MEG plant began production in November 2009 and is located on Jurong Island, which is linked to Bukom via undersea pipelines. The plant uses Shell's proprietary OMEGA process for ethylene oxide/MEG conversion. A new ethylene jetty and cryogenic terminal facilitate the import and export of ethylene.

Shell Chemicals has stated that the MEG plant would achieve the highest commercially available yield from ethylene to glycol. Also, the facility was designed to do so while using much less water than conventional technology and creating virtually no by-products.

Construction on the project, Shell's largest petrochemicals investment to date and its second world-scale petchem project in Asia, began in October 2006.

Shell pointed out that the completion of the project reinforces its plan to remain a leading player in the growing Asian petrochemicals market.

  Key Stats
Facility type:
petrochemicals plant
Major process units:
ethylene cracker; mono-ethylene-glycol plant; butadiene extraction unit
ethylene (800,000 t/a); propylene (450,000 t/a); benzene (230,000 t/a); butadiene (155,000 t/a); mono-ethylene-glycol (750,000 t/a)
Not disclosed; likely several billion US dollars
Yokogawa Electric Corp. (control systems)
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Mar 25, 2010 - Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd. has selected Merichem Chemicals & Refinery Services' technologies for a revamp project at its refinery in Pulau Bukom, Singapore.
Shell Eastern Starts Up Ethylene Cracker
Mar 24, 2010 - Shell has successfully started up the ethylene cracker at its Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project in Singapore, producing on-specification ethylene on Monday.
Dresser Masoneilan Wins Contract for Shell's Singapore Facilities
Mar 24, 2010 - Dresser Masoneilan announced that it has been named the maintenance, repair, smart diagnostics and operations provider for Shell Eastern Singapore Petroleum in partnership with OSA Valve Services Pte Ltd.
Shell's Singapore Chemical Expansion Achieves New Heights
Aug 28, 2008 - Using a crane with the biggest lifting capacity available in Singapore, the tallest column in the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project's entire infrastructure was safely and successfully lifted into place at the end of July.
Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for Shell Singapore Complex
Aug 24, 2007 - Yokogawa Electric Corp. subsidiaries have received a package order to supply control systems for the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex in Singapore.

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