21 Mar '11, 8am

Shell says 800,000-tpy Singapore ethylene cracker shut on outage: SINGAPORE, March 21 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Sh...

SINGAPORE , March 21 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc has shut its one-year old 800,000 tonne-per-year (tpy) ethylene cracker in Singapore following operational issues, and has declared force majeure on some chemical supplies, a spokeswoman said on Monday. "We have declared force majeure under some of our chemicals contracts," the spokeswoman said. "This is because the ethylene cracker unit on our Pulau Bukom Manufacturing site is facing operational issues and this has affected our ability to supply product to some of our customers." "The rest of our operations at Bukom are not affected," added the spokeswoman who did not give a time-frame on when the cracker will resume operations. Traders said the unit was shut since last Friday. "Shell could have encountered some operational issues after the unit restarted following a maintenance," said a trader. The unit was shut for ...

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