Shell has completed its largest, integrated refinery and petrochemicals hub, Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project, in Singapore.

Shell said that it designed the new facilities to maximize the benefits of locating refining and petrochemicals production within a single manufacturing hub on Bukom and Jurong islands, just off the Singapore coast.

Jurong Island is a major petrochemical zone, which provides opportunities for further integration with current and potential customers, as well as in Shell’s own operations.

Each of the new chemical production units started up as planned. They include an ethylene cracker, which started up in March, and a mono-ethylene glycol plants, which has been producing since November 2009.

In addition, the project included modifications to the Shell Pulau Bukom Refinery, enabling it to process a range of crudes to supply feedstock to the cracker. A new ethylene jetty and cryogenic terminal enable the import and export of ethylene.

Peter Voser. CEO of Shell, said: “This project clearly demonstrates Shell’s strategy to focus on growth markets and to integrate oil and chemicals manufacturing to gain efficiencies. Creating Shell’s largest integrated site will bring considerable synergies in terms of feedstocks, operations and logistics.”