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Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site (Bukom) is the largest 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 (800,000 tonnes per annum) and a Butadiene Extraction unit (155,000 tonnes per annum).

With the completion of the Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex 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 maximize the economic and efficiency benefits in terms of feedstocks, operations and logistics. Feedstock flexibility helps the site maximize returns as economics shift between hydrocarbon streams, and more importantly, provides greater security of supply for Shell’s customers.

Bukom is situated on an 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.

Safety and Sustainable Development

Continuously improving safety standards is Bukom’s top priority, and providing safe working conditions for the approximately 1,000 employees and up to several thousand contractors on site is a fundamental responsibility and part of the Shell General Business Principles.

Bukom is also fully committed to sustainable development. The principles of “Responsible Care” are key to Bukom’s commitment, not only through community projects, but also through a comprehensive environmental management system that meets international certification standards.

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.