Petrochemical Industry Exxon Mobil Starts Up New Steamcracker at Singapore Refinery

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Exxon Mobil starts up a new 2.6 million tons per year steamcracker, the centerpiece of the company’s multi-billion dollar expansion project at its refinery in Singapore. With this large scale project, the company targets the production of specialty grade metallocene polymers in Asia...

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The new cogeneration facility at Exxon's petrochemical plant in Singapore 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 new cogeneration facility at Exxon's petrochemical plant in Singapore 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.
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Singapore – "This is among the most technically advanced and competitive manufacturing sites in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region," said Steve Pryor, president of Exxon Mobil Chemical Company. The expansion, powered by a new 220-megawatt cogeneration plant, adds 2.6 million tonnes per year of new finished product capacity. 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 months. “We have doubled the size of our finished product capacity at Singapore, making this the largest chemical expansion project in Exxon Mobil history,” added Pryor.

Cogeneration Process Adds to Plant's Efficiency

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. Cogeneration is significantly more efficient than traditional methods of producing steam and power separately, resulting in lower operating costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Exxon Starts Production of Speciality Elastomers in Asia

This petrochemical expansion is significant to Exxon Mobil, the company explains: It makes the Singapore facility Exxon Mobil’s largest refining and petrochemical complex. It also marks the first production by Exxon Mobil of its proprietary specialty elastomers and metallocene-based polyethylene in the Asia Pacific region.

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