ExxonMobil starts up new polypropylene unit in Baton Rouge
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ExxonMobil starts up new polypropylene unit in Baton Rouge

 ExxonMobil announced the successful startup of its new polypropylene production unit at the Polyolefins Plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. on December 6. The new unit increases ExxonMobil’s polypropylene production capacity along the U.S. Gulf Coast by 450,000 metric tons per year. The total capital investment was more than USD500 million. 

The startup of the new polypropylene unit doubles ExxonMobil’s capacity in Baton Rouge to meet growing demand for high-performance products. Polypropylene is used in everyday products, including lightweight auto parts that improve fuel efficiency.

“With the startup of this new production unit, we are well positioned to responsibly meet the growing global demand for these high-performance polymers,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Product Solutions. “The ingenuity of our people and our investments in technology enable us to produce high quality products that are essential to daily life.”

During construction, the project employed more than 650 workers and with full operational status, requires an additional 65 full-time ExxonMobil jobs.

ExxonMobil’s integrated operations in Baton Rouge include a more than 500,000 barrel-per-day refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants, polyolefins and plastics manufacturing. ExxonMobil has more than 5,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area and its operations account for approximately one in every 10 jobs in the region.

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