ExxonMobil keeps expanding Singapore
A new refinery for blended lubricants to meet lower emission and raise fuel economy
Last February 16th, ExxonMobil Corp. has announced the expansion of its Singapore refinery to support the production of the company’s EHC™ Group II base stocks.
The aim is to develop the global supply of these products, enhancing the Singapore facility’s competitiveness. In facts, the project has been meant to enable customers “to blend lubricants that satisfy more-stringent specifications, help reduce emissions, and improve fuel economy and low-temperature performance“, ExxonMobil said.
On the other hand, Reuters published last week an announcement that a carbon tax on direct emitters is to be introduced from 2019. A strong signal that places Singapore – Asia’s main oil trading hub – in the way to moving towards a longer-term future dominated by cleaner technology and resources.
The ExxonMobil’s EHC product line has been designed to maximize the performance of all major automotive engine oil grades and to enhance the performance of finished lubricants used in multiple industries.
This expansion project represents the latest in a series of recent ExxonMobil investments in base stock production, including a previous expansion of capacity at the Singapore refinery in 2014, a recently-commissioned project at the company’s major integrated facility in Baytown, Texas, and introduction of Group II base stocks into European markets ahead of the anticipated completion of the new Rotterdam hydrocracker unit in 2018.
ExxonMobil released that a cogeneration project has started to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions at the Singapore refinery. Construction is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2017 with completion anticipated in 2019.