At ExxonMobil’s largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex in the world, situated in Singapore, the production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin and halobutyl rubber has commenced.
John Verity, president of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company said that the new plants enhance the competitiveness and strategic importance of ExxonMobil’s integrated manufacturing facility in Singapore, and are part of the company’s long-term plan for advantaged investments around the world. “We remain committed to safe and environmentally-responsible operations as we manufacture products that support better living standards and economic progress for a fast-growing middle class population in Asia Pacific.”
With a capacity of 90,000 tonnes per year, ExxonMobil’s new EscorezTM hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins plant will be the world’s largest and will meet long-term demand growth for hot-melt adhesives used in packaging of baby diapers. Used by manufacturers for tires that better maintain inflation to improve fuel economy, the new 140,000-tonnes-per-year butyl plant will produce premium halobutyl rubber.
About a billion gallons (or 38 billion liters) of fuel can be saved if tires are kept properly inflated, resulting in an estimated emissions reduction of eight million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is equal to the emissions of about 2.5 million cars worldwide.
Construction of the multi-billion dollar expansion project was completed safely and on schedule, with the project employing more than 5,500 contract workers at the peak of construction. To ExxonMobil’s existing workforce of more than 2,500 at its Singapore manufacturing complex, 140 jobs have been added by the plants. In Singapore, ExxonMobil has more than 4,000 employees.
ExxonMobil’s earlier acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics production facilities in Singapore last year, has been followed up by the startup of these two new plants.
“With these latest additions, we are well-positioned to serve customers in key Asian growth markets. The expansion helps to further establish Singapore as a key producer of fuels and petrochemical products, particularly products that help our customers improve fuel economy and reduce emissions,” said Gan Seow Kee, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
ExxonMobil’s flexible steam cracking capability in Singapore is illustrated by the new plants, providing a range of feedstocks for upgraded specialty products to meet growing long-term demand in Asia Pacific. A new cogeneration unit at the refinery is also included at the Singapore complex, bringing the total cogeneration capacity of the site to over 440 megawatts. This will help reduce emissions and support more efficient use of energy. PWKD22062018
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