20 May 2011

Shell is this week trying to re-start its stalled ethylene cracker on Pulau Bukom - the core of its new US$3 billion petrochemicals complex. The cracker has been out of action for two months now, with this hitting Shell's feedstock supplies to downstream customers. The latter includes plants like Ellba Eastern on Jurong Island which rely on ethylene from Shell for its production, with Ellba up to yesterday still unable to resume normal product deliveries to its own customers.