Shell Chemicals starts up new MEG plant

New plant in Singapore has capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes per annum

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Shell Chemicals Limited has announced the successful start-up of its new world-scale monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit at the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex in Singapore.

The unit started up as initially planned. With a nameplate capacity of 750,000 tonnes of MEG per annum, it is one of the largest in the world.

The Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex also includes a new 800,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) ethylene cracker, a butadiene plant and modifications to Shell’s Bukom refinery, which are planned to start up in early 2010.

The Singapore MEG plant marks another technology first for Shell. It is the first time Shell is using its award-winning OMEGA processing technology. The OMEGA process gives the highest commercial yields of MEG from ethylene.

The new plant is on Jurong Island in Singapore, an ideal location to serve Asian customers from within the region. Asia currently accounts for around 70 per cent of global MEG consumption and much of the new capacity will be destined for China where the demand for MEG continues to grow.

SABIC is the world largest producer of MEG with a total capacity of 5.345million t/y through 10 production units in Al Jubail industrial city and in Yanbu. It has started recently two MEG plant, Yansab and Sharq.

World largest MEG producers include SABIC, Shell and MEGlobal.

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