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Jurong Island $3 billion chemical plant installed successfully

Published on Feb 4, 2013 2:13 PM
Jurong Aromatics' newly erected xylene splitter at Jurong Island. -- ST PHOTO : SAM CHIN

A 108-metre tall xylene splitter used in the petrochemicals industry has been successfully installed by the Jurong Aromatics Corporation at its US$2.4 billion (S$3 billion) aromatics project on Jurong Island.

Believed to be among the tallest structures on Jurong Island, the Korea-built spiltter also weighs 1,147 tonnes and has a diameter of 8m.

It is designed to extract xylene for the manufacturing of aromatics. The most important aromatics product is paraxylene, a raw material used to make fabric as well as plastic bottles.

Owing to the size of the splitter, it took 12 hours to travel 6 km to the facility by self-propelled transport vehicles after arriving on Jurong Island.

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