Shell completes storage expansion at Singapore refinery
Jun 06, 2019
This investment enhances the competitiveness of an important refinery and positions Shell to meet growing demand for high-quality oil products in Asia Pacific and beyond.
Shell has increased storage capacity at its Bukom refinery in Singapore by building two large crude oil tanks that increase the site’s storage capacity by nearly 1.3 million barrels. The project is part of Shell’s ongoing effort to improve competitiveness by investing in storage and logistics at its core refineries.
Increased storage capacity at Bukom gives Shell greater flexibility to optimise its oil trading activities, helping us to provide products to our customers more efficiently and profitably.
“This project positions Shell to capture stronger margins and better manage market volatility over the coming years,” said Robin Mooldijk, Executive Vice President for Manufacturing at Shell. “These new facilities enable us to buy more oil when market conditions are attractive.”
The new storage tanks were built using innovative automated technology, which helped the team safely accelerate project delivery and reduce costs.
Shell built the storage tanks using an automated welding technology, which helped reduce welding time by 60% and lowered costs. A special aluminum alloy used in the tank roofs provides better protection against severe weather, such as lightning, and will help prevent common maintenance issues like rust and corrosion. Shell also used a new method to lift, move and install heavy materials when building the tanks, which helped keep employees safe during construction by reducing the need to work at heights and to carry out heavy lifting.
At its peak, approximately 500 people worked more than 2.8 million hours on the project. When laying the foundation, about 1,200 trucks filled with concrete were transported to the construction site on ferries. Shell also built a new seawall and modified nearby drainage systems to help protect the environment.
Singapore is Shell’s largest petrochemical production and export centre in the Asia-Pacific region.
Demand for some oil products, for example diesel, jet fuel and bitumen, in the region and around the world is expected to increase over the next two decades as populations continue to grow and more people achieve a higher standard of living.
Shell is investing in storage and logistics to further enhance the competitive edge of its large, complex and integrated sites in Singapore, Rotterdam and the US Gulf Coast.
Notes to Editors
- The Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site is an integrated refinery and chemicals site in Singapore. The facility can process up to 500,000 barrels of oil per day. Bukom supplies products to various Shell businesses in Singapore, including Retail, Commercial and Chemicals.
- Shell operates and has interests in 18 refineries, capable of processing nearly 2.8 million barrels of oil a day into high-quality fuels, specialty products and petrochemicals that help keep people and economies moving.
- The flexibility, scale and geographic spread of Shell’s refining portfolio enables its Trading and Supply business to efficiently supply both Shell’s own marketing businesses and external customers with high-quality oil products.
- Shell recently installed new storage, blending and logistics infrastructure at its Deer Park refinery in Texas, Norco and Convent refineries in Louisiana, and Pernis refinery in the Netherlands. Shell also added storage capacity at its Rheinland refinery in Germany and Tabangao refinery in the Philippines.
Ca-Mie De Souza
General Manager, External Relations, Singapore
Shell Asia-Pacific Media Relations
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