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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.