Today marked the launch of Ellba Eastern in Singapore. Ellba Eastern is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Seraya Pioneer (a subsidiary of Shell) and BASF. The two organisations invested more than US$500 million in the project, which is not the first such plant that the two organisations have built together.
The Ellba Eastern joint venture will have a production capacity of 550,000 tonnes of styrene monomer and 250,000 tonnes of propylene oxide annually. The facility began production in July 2002.
The new plant is state-of-the-art and has a minimum impact on the environment, while at the same time making a major economic contribution.
This plant was built in anticipation for projected growth in the region. The growth forecast for the region is expected to be significantly higher then that for other global; regions.
Propylene oxides are key raw materials for the manufacture of polyurethanes, which are extremely versatile polymers used in a wide range of industries.
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