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Exxon to shut Singapore plants March-April -sources

SINGAPORE, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp XOM.N will partially shut its Singapore mainland refinery and petrochemical units on Jurong Island from March to April for routine maintenance, industry sources said on Thursday.

The sources said the U.S. energy giant will close a few units in the 309,000 barrels per day (bpd) mainland refinery from early-March to mid-April. Details of the units were not immediately available.

ExxonMobil’s naphtha cracker and aromatics plant, the core facilities in the Jurong Island petrochemical operations, will be shut for about a month starting in March.

Asked about the planned maintenance, an ExxonMobil spokesperson said:

“It is not our practice to comment on the operational status of our facilities. We are unable to confirm or comment on the information you have received.”

The cracking facility has a nameplate capacity of more than 900,000 tonnes a year, while the aromatics unit can produce more than 300,000 tonnes of benzene a year.

ExxonMobil’s Singapore facility, comprising the mainland plant and its 296,000-bpd refinery on Jurong Island, is the world’s fifth largest such complex. (Reporting by Jennifer Tan, Seng Li Peng and Chua Baizhen; Editing by Ramthan Hussain) (jennifer.tan@thomsonreuters.com; +65-6417 4679; Reuters Messaging: jennifer.tan.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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