Linde breaks ground on US$1.4b Jurong plant expansion

GLOBAL industrial gases and engineering group Linde broke ground on Tuesday for its upcoming US$1.4 billion integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore – the single largest investment in the company’s history.

Slated for completion in early 2023, the complex will be located and integrated with Linde’s existing gasification facility on Jurong Island, and will quadruple Linde’s production capacity of hydrogen and synthetic gas in Singapore.

The mega ramp-up of industrial gas production is in support of key partner ExxonMobil Asia Pacific’s multibillion-dollar expansion of its integrated manufacturing complex, said Linde chief executive officer Steve Angel at the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday.

ExxonMobil has committed to increase production of cleaner fuels with lower sulphur content, including marine fuels, at its Singapore facility from 2023.

This move comes on the back of new regulations by the International Maritime Organisation from 2020, which limits sulphur content in marine fuels to 0.5 per cent from the current 3.5 per cent.

Linde’s plant will process residual fuel from ExxonMobil to produce hydrogen and other products. The hydrogen will then be returned to ExxonMobil to reduce the sulphur content of fuel produced at its refinery.

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