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Tuesday, 21 Jan, 2014  

ExxonMobil's new Singapore hydrotreater begins operation

- Enables facility’s daily output of ultra-low sulfur diesel to increase to more than nine million liters
- Demand for fuels in Asia Pacific projected to grow with increase in personal vehicle ownership
- Company has invested more than US$3 billion to expand ultra-low sulfur diesel production globally

SINGAPORE – ExxonMobil announced today that a new hydrotreater at its Singapore refinery is on line and producing ultra-low sulfur diesel. Completion of this new unit will increase the facility’s low-sulfur diesel capacity to around 25 million liters a day, more than nine million liters of which can meet ultra-low sulfur diesel specifications.

“The addition of the new hydrotreater to our Singapore refinery will help meet the growing demand for fuels in Asia Pacific. When the product is used with today’s engines, it will contribute to lower emissions and improved air quality,” said Matthew Aguiar, chairman and managing director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. “This new unit, along with the recently completed petrochemical expansion project at our Singapore complex, positions ExxonMobil competitively in the Asia Pacific markets for fuels and chemicals.”

When used in modern engines, ultra-low sulfur diesel, commonly used to fuel vehicles and equipment such as tractor trailers, buses, marine vessels, locomotives, and backhoes, can greatly reduce emissions and improve air quality. ExxonMobil’s annual Energy Outlook projects that demand for diesel will grow sharply between 2010 and 2040 — by about 75 percent — to power the rise in activity in trucks and other commercial transportation. Diesel will also play a more significant role in the marine sector in the latter half of the Outlook period, in response to stricter marine emissions standards. The strongest growth for transportation demand is in Asia Pacific, which remains the largest consumer of heavy-duty vehicle energy and will see a significant increase in personal vehicle ownership, about 500 million vehicles, during the Outlook period.

The Singapore diesel hydrotreater project, which broke ground in May 2011, achieved more than 13 million safe hours during its construction.

“The safe and timely completion of this project is the result of a dedicated global project team supported by ExxonMobil employees, vendors and skilled contractors representing 29 nationalities,” said Singapore refinery manager Boyd Barrilleaux. “The new facility adds to our product slate and the competitiveness of the Singapore refinery, to help meet the needs of the region and our customers.”

In addition to the new unit in Singapore, ExxonMobil has also constructed diesel hydrotreaters at its refineries in Baytown and Baton Rouge in the United States, Antwerp in Belgium, Sriracha in Thailand and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.

“This latest investment brings ExxonMobil’s investments in ultra-low sulfur diesel facilities around the world to more than $3 billion dollars,” said Chris Erickson, Vice President for Planning & Project Execution, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply. “They will ensure the future supply of low and ultra-low sulfur products and underscore the company's ongoing commitment to disciplined, long-term refinery investments that bring value to our shareholders.”

ExxonMobil invests to sustain its competitiveness throughout the business cycle and is committed to meeting the world's energy demand in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner.

About ExxonMobil Refining & Supply

ExxonMobil Refining & Supply operates a global network of reliable and efficient manufacturing plants, transportation systems, and distribution centers that provide a range of fuels, lubricants, and other high-value products and feedstocks to our customers around the world.

About Singapore Refinery

The Singapore Refinery is ExxonMobil’s largest in the world, with a pipestill capacity of 592,000 barrels per day. It is fully-integrated with the recently-expanded Singapore Chemical Plant – a world-scale petrochemical complex – to form ExxonMobil’s largest integrated manufacturing site in the world.