Who we are

Shell has been in Singapore for more than 120 years, and it is one of the largest foreign investors in the country. Its long history in Singapore began in Pulau Bukom. Today, Bukom has developed into one of the most important Shell production sites in the world.

Bukom is the largest wholly-owned Shell refinery globally in terms of crude distillation capacity (500,000 barrels per day). It is also home to a world-class Ethylene Cracker Complex (up to a million tonnes per annum) and a Butadiene Extraction Unit (155,000 tonnes per annum).

With the completion of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project in May 2010, Bukom is now an integrated oil and petrochemicals site, with manufacturing facilities for fuels, lubricant base oils and specialty chemicals.

Integrating the refining and petrochemicals assets maximise the economic and efficiency benefits in terms of feedstocks, operations and logistics. Feedstock flexibility helps the site maximise returns as economics shift between hydrocarbon streams, and more importantly, provides greater security of supply for Shell’s customers.

Bukom is situated on a 243-hectare island 5.5 km southwest of Singapore. It forms part of a group of southern islands that have been identified for petrochemical and other industrial manufacturing.

Man riding bicycle on the street

Bukom's Role In The Region

Singapore is Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia Pacific region. The Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site is part of Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd (SEPL) and supplies products to the various Shell businesses in Singapore, including:

  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • Chemicals

The Global Oil Products businesses of Marine (bunker fuels), Aviation (jet fuel), lubricants and LPG.

90 per cent of Bukom's products are exported to countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

SEPC Project

A man with laughing face in red shirt

In May 2010, Shell completed the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex (SEPC) project – its largest petrochemicals investment to date, creating Shell’s largest, fully-integrated refinery and petrochemicals hub across Bukom and Jurong Islands. The investment reinforces Shell’s intention to remain a leading player in the expanding Asian petrochemicals market.

The SEPC project included a new ethylene cracker complex and modifications to the Pulau Bukom refinery, and a world-scale mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant on Jurong Island.

Read about the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex

Latest Investments

Shell employees at work discussing the plan

Ethylene Cracker Complex capacity expansion

In 2015, Shell announced it has successfully upgraded its Singapore Ethylene Cracker Complex (ECC), bolstering the company’s largest refining-chemicals integrated site. The ECC started with a capacity of 800,000 tonnes and the upgrading has boosted production of ethylene to up to one million tonnes a year. The project has also reduced the ECC’s per unit energy consumption by about 7% and CO2 emissions by 11%. The investment will generate additional volumes to help Shell meet growing demand from customers in the region and will further unlock value from integration with the refinery and Shell’s derivatives manufacturing activities on Jurong Island.

Read the media release: Shell bolsters Singapore refining-chemicals integrated site with successful plant upgrade

Two people at plant location

Hydro Desulphurisation (HDS) plant

Completed in April 2013, the new plant equips Pulau Bukom with enough hydro-treating capability to desulphurise all the gasoil the refinery produces. It will also allow it to process more sour crudes from the Middle East and sustain maximum primary distillation feed needed for the ethylene cracker.

Shell Claus Off-gas Treating (SCOT) unit

Completed in May 2012, the SCOT unit significantly improves the site’s sulphur recovery rate to more than 99.5%, well above the typical sulphur recovery rate. With very low SO2 emissions, it also enables Bukom to meet future reduced SO2 emission limits.

 

Awards and Recognition

Shell is recognised for its good record in safety, social performance and social investment programmes, and commitment to sustainable development.

Read about the awards and recognition

More in Projects and Sites

Shell Jurong Island

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.

You might also like

Shell in the Community

As a corporate citizen, Shell contributes actively through its various social investment programmes.

Flaring for safety

We explain how we manage flares and strive to run our plants in an environmentally responsible way.