ExxonMobil starts Singapore ethylene facility


ExxonMobil has initiated start-up operations at its ethylene steam crackers in Singapore petrochemical complex in a multi-billion dollar expansion project.

Expansion includes two new polyethylene plants, a polypropylene plant, a metallocene elastomers unit, and an oxo-alcohol unit and an aromatics expansion, which are all operational.

Powered by a new 220MW cogeneration plant, the expansion will add 2.6mt per annum of new finished product capacity.

"This is among the most technically advanced and competitive manufacturing sites in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region."

ExxonMobil Chemical president Steve Pryor said the company had doubled the size of finished product capacity at Singapore.

"This is among the most technically advanced and competitive manufacturing sites in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region," Pryor added.

The expansion also enables ExxonMobil to produce its proprietary specialty elastomers and metallocene-based polyethylene in the Asia Pacific region, as well as increase ExxonMobil's total employment at Singapore integrated refining and chemical complex to 1,800.

ExxonMobil has been operating in Singapore for more than 100 years, it has expanded refining and petrochemical production to meet expected demand for transportation fuels and the chemicals used for plastics and other manufacturing across the Asia Pacific region.