ExxonMobil has commenced startup operations at one of the
world's largest ethylene steam crackers, the centerpiece of the
company's multi-billion dollar expansion project at its Singapore petrochemical complex, the company
said on Tuesday.
A new 220-megawatt cogeneration plant joins with the existing
140-megawatt cogeneration facility to power ExxonMobil's
expanded Singapore petrochemical complex.
Cogeneration is significantly more efficient than producing
steam and power separately and reduces greenhouse gas
emissions, according to the company.
The expansion adds 2.6 million tpy of new finished product
It includes two new polyethylene plants, a polypropylene plant,
a metallocene elastomers unit, an oxo-alcohol unit and an
aromatics expansion, all of which are
completed and beginning operation.
Ethylene production is expected to start in the next few
"We have doubled the size of our finished product capacity
at Singapore, making this the largest chemical expansion project in ExxonMobil history, "
said Steve Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical.
"This is among the most technically advanced and competitive
manufacturing sites in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region,"
The new cogeneration plant allows for the efficient
generation of electricity to run pumps, compressors and other
equipment, while at the same time producing additional steam
needed in the production processes.
The expansion makes the Singapore facility ExxonMobil's largest
refining and petrochemical complex. It also marks
the first production by ExxonMobil of its proprietary specialty
elastomers and metallocene-based polyethylene in the Asia
The expansion will increase the chemical
plant workforce by 50%, bringing total employment at
ExxonMobil's Singapore integrated refining and chemical complex to
During peak construction, the project employed on site 22,000
workers who achieved more than 80 million work hours with no
lost-time injuries in construction activities.