SINGAPORE'S NEW ETHYLENE PLANT TO GET MORE CAPACITY

SINGAPORE'S NEW ETHYLENE PLANT TO GET MORE CAPACITY

An increase in the planned capacity of Petrochemical Corp. of Singapore's second ethylene plant will require 250,000 metric tons more naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas a year as feedstock, a company official said.

On Tuesday, PCS announced that the capacity of the plant, which is under construction, will be increased to 515,000 metric tons of ethylene a year from 428,000 metric tons.The official said that the original capacity would have required about 1.25 million metric tons of naphtha and LPG as feedstock. The plant, including the additional capacity, is expected to start up as scheduled in April-June 1997.

The additional ethylene will be supplied mainly to the vinyl acetate monomer plant to be built on Pulau Sakra by Hoechst Acetyls Singapore Pte. Ltd.

The official said the company's first ethylene plant, which has an annual capacity of 450,000 metric tons, processes about 1.3 million metric tons of LPG and naphtha a year.

The official would not reveal the proportion of naphtha and LPG to be fed into the new plant, saying this will depend on the economics at any given time and the quality of the feedstock. It also will depend on how the cracker is operated, and whether it produces more ethylene or more propylene, the official said.