Global Processing

Shell to close naphtha cracker in Singapore

October 3, 2011

SINGAPORE -- Royal Dutch Shell Plc, whose largest refinery was halted by a fire last week, also plans to shut its naphtha cracker at Pulau Bukom in Singapore, Bloomberg reported.

Shell plans to close the cracker, which turns naphtha and heavier hydrocarbons into petrochemicals, because refinery units feeding the plant were taken off line after the Sept. 28 fire.

Shell has started a “progressive shutdown” of refinery operations at Pulau Bukom, said Serene Loo, a spokeswoman for Shell in Singapore.

The naphtha cracker has an annual capacity of 800,000 metric tons of ethylene, 450,000 tons of propylene and 230,000 tons of benzene.