ExxonMobil marked the progress of the lubricant base stock and fuels technology deployment at its Jurong Island integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Singapore via a virtual foundation laying ceremony on 31 March to accommodate COVID-19 social distancing requirements. ExxonMobil held a video conference from two locations in Singapore and one in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
ExxonMobil will use its exclusive technologies to upgrade fuel oil and other bottom-of-the-barrel products into higher-value lubricant base stocks and distillates at the complex.
The Singapore refining and petrochemical complex is ExxonMobil’s largest integrated manufacturing facility in the world, with a crude oil distillation capacity of 592,000 barrels per day and ethylene capacity of 1.9 million tonnes per year. stocks and distillates. The expansion will boost the production capacity of cleaner fuels with lower sulphur content by 48,000 barrels per day, and lubricant base stocks by 20,000 barrels per day.
The facility will use efficient technologies to optimize overall energy use and limit emissions, including enhancing the recovery and compression of waste gases to reduce flaring. Waste heat will be recovered and used to generate steam to reduce electricity and fuel consumption.
“ExxonMobil is building on our base in Singapore by deploying new technology and developing new products to support growing demand,” said Gan Seow Kee, chairman and managing director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. “We are committed to managing our operations with a focus on energy efficiency and doing our part to reduce the risk of climate change.”
In addition, ExxonMobil is in discussions with the Singapore government on potential decarbonization pathways, including opportunities to pilot novel carbon capture technologies in Singapore.
“ExxonMobil’s deployment of its new and exclusive technology in Singapore is forward looking and in line with the global move towards a lower-carbon and environmentally sustainable future,” said Beh Swan Gin, chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board. “We value our long-standing partnership and the many job opportunities and capabilities that the company has created and continues to create for Singaporeans and Singapore. Even as we address the dislocations caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore will stay focused on strengthening our competitiveness for the long term.”
“We are proud of our employees in Singapore and around the world who are working to maximize production of critical materials to support the COVID-19 response, including chemicals used in medical and sanitization products,” Gan added.