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Second Singapore Petrochemical Project

The Second Singapore Petrochemical Project is the development of ExxonMobil Chemical’s second world‑scale steam cracker and associated derivative units on Jurong Island, Singapore. The project is co‑located and fully integrated with ExxonMobil’s existing chemical plant and refinery and includes a 1 million ton per year ethylene steam cracker, two 650,000 ton per year polyethylene units, a 450,000 ton per year polypropylene unit, a 300,000 ton per year specialty elastomers unit, an aromatics extraction unit producing 340,000 ton per year of benzene, a 125,000 ton per year oxo‑alcohol expansion and a 220 MW power cogeneration unit.

WorleyParsons (in a joint venture with Foster Wheeler, known as FWP) is providing coordination services in an integrated team with ExxonMobil for the overall venture. FWP also provides FEED and reimbursable EPC services for all enabling works, temporary facilities, process infrastructure and utilities for the project, and the expansion/revamp of the existing process units and tank farms at the chemical plant and refineries.

FEED was completed in 2007, using offices in Singapore, Reading (UK) and Houston, and engineering and procurement is currently underway in Singapore and Reading (UK). Construction of the enabling works and temporary facilities are largely complete and work on the process facilities has commenced.

A key challenge is to realize the project ethos: “nobody gets hurt on or off the job.” At the project peak in mid‑2009, some 12,000 workers speaking more than 10 languages will work on the project. FWP therefore continually strives to raise the safety bar and has, to date, spent over 5 million site hours and 2.5 million home office hours without a lost time incident. 

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