Exxon’s Singapore Expansion on Track

Construction of ExxonMobil Chemical's largest integrated chemical and refining complex in Singapore has moved ahead with the arrival of seven world-scale furnace modules.

The modules are part of a feed-flexible steam cracker that will have an ethylene production capacity of more than one million tonnes per year.

It includes new derivative units for polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and speciality elastomers, as well as an aromatics extraction unit and oxo alcohol expansion.

The new facilities will include two 650,000 tonnes per year PE units and a 450,000 tonnes per year unit, which are expected to start in late 2010 and run through 2011.

The expansion will include 300,000 tonnes per year of speciality elastomers, including its Vistamaxx propylene-based elastomer.

The expanded site is part of an integrated refining and chemical production operation that includes five integrated units, with production capacity for 900,000 tonnes per year of ethylene, 435,000 tonnes per year of propylene, 480,000 tonnes per year of PE and 315,000 tonnes per year of PP, according to plasticstoday.com.