ExxonMobils chemical plant in Singapore is now producing
ethylene from the facilitys second world-scale steam
cracker, the company announced on Thursday.
The expansion is integrated with the existing petrochemical
Over the next few weeks, the petrochemical complex, powered by
a 375-megawatt cogeneration plant, will increase production at
its three polyethylene plants, two polypropylene plants, a
specialty metallocene elastomers unit and the expanded
oxo-alcohol and aromatics units.
"This expansion gives ExxonMobil
unparalleled feedstock flexibility in the
industry and positions the Singapore petrochemical complex well to serve
growth markets from China to the Indian sub-continent and beyond,"
said Matthew Aguiar, chairman and managing director of
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.
"We are committed to meeting the regional demand for petrochemical products and to
contributing to Singapores growth," he added.
ExxonMobil completed construction of the expansion in December 2012 and is
producing commercial grades of new products, such as specialty
metallocene elastomers, for the first time in the Asia Pacific
It also set an industry-leading record in construction safety with more than
83 million hours worked without an injury involving a lost day
"We successfully completed the commissioning of the steam
cracker and we are now focused on ensuring that the plant
operates safely and reliably," said Georges Grosliere, venture
executive and manufacturing director of the Singapore plant for
"The scale and complexity of this expansion project, which doubled the
steam-cracking capacity, demanded a strong focus on safety,
operational integrity and discipline."
ExxonMobil has operated in Singapore for 120 years and is one
of Singapores largest foreign manufacturing investors.
The company has expanded refining and petrochemical production in
Singapore to meet expected demand for transportation fuels and
the chemicals used for plastics and other manufacturing across
the Asia Pacific region.