[Singapore] Shell Jurong Island

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SHELL JURONG ISLAND

Countless products that we use in our everyday lives at home, work or play originate from the petrochemical “building blocks” we manufacture at Shell Jurong Island.These products help to meet the fast-growing demand for chemicals in the Asian region and beyond.

Shell Jurong Island (SJI) manufactures petrochemicals to meet the fast-growing demand for these products in the region.

Occupying more than 60 hectares, Shell’s chemical manufacturing assets on Jurong Island manufacture ethylene oxide (which is converted into ethylene glycols and high purity ethylene oxide), ethoxylates, styrene monomer, propylene oxide and polyols. SJI’s mission is to ensure safe, reliable and responsive supply of these products to its customers.

Jurong Island is located approximately 5km off the southwest coast of Singapore and is linked to the mainland by the Jurong Island Highway. It is a highly secure island and not accessible to the public. Jurong Island is the centerpiece of Singapore’s chemicals industry and is today home to more than 100 leading petroleum, petrochemicals, and specialty chemicals and manufacturing companies from all over the world.

SJI’s Role In The Region

Singapore is Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region. Shell Jurong Island manufactures chemical intermediates to meet the strong and fast-growing demand for these products in the region and beyond.

SJI’s chemical manufacturing assets produce:
  • Ethylene oxide (which is converted into ethylene glycols and high purity ethylene oxide) and ethoxylates. These products are used in applications such as polyester fibres, polyester resins and surfactants.
  • Styrene monomer, the starting material for plastics such as polystyrene, expandable polystyrene and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene. The main applications for these products are in the automotive, electrical, appliances and packaging industries.
  • Propylene oxide, which is used in a wide range of chemical derivatives including polyols, propylene glycols (namely monopropylene glycol and dipropylene glycol), glycol ether solvents and flame retardants.
  • Polyols, the main derivative of propylene oxide, which are used primarily to produce polyurethane foams, coatings, elastomers, adhesives and sealants.
Plant Capacity*, (kt/yr)

Styrene Monomer 1020
Propylene Oxide 500
Polyether Polyols 400
MPG (USP/industrial) & DPG 80 (MPG), 10 (DPG)
Mono-ethylene Glycols 1030
High Purity Ethylene Oxide 210
Alcohol Ethoxylates 180
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MEG Plant

In November 2009, the world-scale Mono-ethylene Glycol (MEG) plant on Shell Jurong Island was officially opened. It is one of the largest mono-ethylene glycol plants in the world.

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The MEG plant uses award-winning technology developed by Shell, called OMEGA (Only MEG Advantage). It uses a fully catalytic process for the conversion of ethylene into MEG instead of a conventional thermal process and produces more MEG per tonne of ethylene than any other technology in the industry. This process saves shipping and storage costs as it creates virtually none of the other raw materials that come from thermal conversion. It also consumes about one-fifth less steam and generates about 30% less waste water.

In addition, the refinery and petrochemicals plant uses nearly 100% wastewater, treated and recycled by Singapore’s national water company. Water is used for cooling and in the reactions to turn raw material into valuable products.
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Since 2011, Shell has announced a number of projects that will grow its petrochemicals business in Singapore:

High-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) and ethoxylation units
In 2015, Shell announced it has more than doubled the production of high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) and ethoxylates at its Jurong Island petrochemicals facility. The investments (Shell interest 100%) are expected to add 140,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of high-purity ethylene oxide capacity and 140,000 tpa of ethoxylation capacity.

These boost Shell’s chemicals footprint in Asia and enable us to derive maximum value from the integration of Shell’s oil and chemical businesses. HPEO, derived from ethylene oxide (EO), is used in a wide range of household and industrial applications and form the key ingredients for a variety of products, such as detergents and personal care items like shampoo and body wash.

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SHELL LIFTS PETROCHEMICALS PRODUCTION WITH SUCCESSFUL START-UP OF NEW SINGAPORE PLANTS

Sep 16, 2015

A new 140,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) high-purity ethylene oxide purification unit and new 140,000 tpa ethoxylates unit are supplying local and regional customers.

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Shell today announced that it has more than doubled the production of high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) and ethoxylates at its site on Jurong Island, Singapore.

The company has successfully started up a new purification unit with a capacity of 140,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of HPEO. A new world-scale production unit today can manufacture 140,000 tpa of ethoxylates. Shell delivers HPEO through an ethylene oxide pipeline grid to ‘over-the-fence’ customers and its own expanded ethoxylation operations on Jurong Island. Feedstock for the new HPEO plant comes from Shell’s ethylene oxide/mono-ethylene glycol plant, which is integrated with the company’s ethylene cracker through to its largest fully-owned refinery on Pulau Bukom.

“The demand for HPEO and alcohol ethoxylates in Asia has been rising over the years. These two projects are part of Shell’s strategy to serve the growing needs of existing and new customers locally and in the region,” said Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice-President for Shell Chemicals.

More than six million man-hours went into both projects, which were completed without disruption to existing operations. Some 400 kilometres of cable, 60 kilometres of piping, and 180 pieces of equipment (including columns, reactors, vessels, heat exchangers) were installed across 35,000 square metres of land (about the size of seven football fields), over two years.

Singapore continues to be an important refining and petrochemicals hub for Shell. The two new petrochemicals production units on Jurong Island further strengthen Shell’s portfolio of world-class manufacturing facilities, and boost its chemicals footprint in Asia. The availability of both ethylene oxide and propylene oxide (PO) at the same location offers an advantageous value proposition for specialty chemical companies, who commonly use both of these intermediates to produce value-added products.

The HPEO and ethoxylates projects are the latest successes in a string of investments over the last few years, aimed at strengthening Shell’s largest oil-chemicals integrated site spanning Singapore’s Bukom and Jurong islands.

In 2013, Shell increased polyols capacity by more than 100,000 tpa and added new grades to its product offering. In December 2014, it took 100% control of Ellba Eastern, the then styrene monomer and propylene oxide (PO) joint venture with BASF. The move enabled integration with and optimisation of Shell’s existing assets on Jurong Island in a difficult cost environment, and the additional volume of PO allowed the company to make the most of its polyols assets there. Most recently, Shell debottlenecked its Singapore ethylene cracker on Pulau Bukom and increased the capacity of olefins and aromatics by more than 20% to over one million tonnes a year.

Beyond bolstering its own competitive position in the Asian chemicals market, Shell’s investments in Jurong Island have helped to attract millions of dollars of foreign investments from specialty chemicals players, supporting the country’s move into this growing niche sector.

“We are pleased to have companies such as Shell partnering us in the development of the energy and chemicals cluster in Singapore,” said Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. “These new facilities have brought about new investments in the manufacturing of specialty chemicals on Jurong Island, which creates good jobs for Singaporeans. We look forward to writing the next chapter of our chemicals growth story with Shell.”

Derived from ethylene oxide, HPEO is used in a wide range of household and industrial applications. Its largest outlet is the ethoxylation industry, which processes HPEO and alcohol into alcohol ethoxylates. These are key ingredients for a variety of products, such as detergents and personal care items like shampoo and body wash.
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