Major Singaporean refinery expansion


Hamilton, Bermuda —Shell Eastern Petroleum Ltd. (SEP) has awarded contracts to U.K.-based Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd. (FW) for two design engineering projects in Singapore for its new ethylene-oxide/mono-ethylene-glycol plant (EO/MEG) on Jurong Island together with significant modifications for its Pulau Bukom refinery on a nearby island.

SEP said that, after completion of the design phase, FW is expected to be named as the manager of engineering, procurement, and construction for the implementation stage in late-2006, when SEP makes its investment decisions. FW’s experience with a SEP joint venture in China was said to underlie the selection.

Feedstock for the EO/MEG plant—to be finished by 2009—will come from SEP’s planned ethylene cracker on adjacent Bukom Island. Bukom refinery modifications will modernize existing units, add new ones, and add storage, tie-ins and interconnections. The foregoing are also expected to be complete by 2009.

SEP’s plans for its Bukom refinery are aimed at oil-chemicals integration that will yield improved results.

Terms of the awarded contracts were not released.

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Richard Phelps , senior editor, Control Engineering

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