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ExxonMobil makes progress at facility in Singapore

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ExxonMobil is progressing a multi-billion dollar project at its integrated manufacturing facility in Singapore to produce higher-value products and expand lubricant basestocks production to meet growing demand.

Should the project proceed, startup is anticipated in 2023.

ExxonMobil plans to develop and apply proprietary technologies that will convert lower-value byproducts into cleaner, higher-value products, including high-quality light and heavy lubricant basestocks. The advanced technology will also allow ExxonMobil to introduce a new, unique high viscosity Group II base stock into the marketplace. Designed to help blenders achieve greater formulation flexibility and simplify global testing, these products will allow customers in Asia-Pacific to cost-effectively blend a wide-range of finished lubricants.

The Singapore refinery expansion project will also result in the production of more clean fuels with lower sulfur content, including high-quality marine fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 0.5% sulfur cap to help customers continue to meet the reduced sulfur limit.

The project represents the latest and most significant in a series of recent ExxonMobil investments in basestock production in Singapore. In 2017, ExxonMobil announced it would expand its Singapore refinery to upgrade production of its EHCTM Group II basestocks. Construction began in 2017 and commissioning is expected by early 2019. ExxonMobil also completed an expansion at the refinery in 2015.

Beyond Singapore, ExxonMobil is nearing completion of its Rotterdam, the Netherlands, hydrocracker expansion project, which is expected to start up by the end of 2018. The Rotterdam refinery, in addition to the Baytown, Texas, US, refinery, will produce EHC 120, and product availability is expected in 2019. Once the Rotterdam expansion is complete, ExxonMobil will be the only global Group I and Group II producer with significant manufacturing assets and global slates of products across three continents.

ExxonMobil will continue to produce AP/E CORETM Group I basestocks at its Singapore refinery and remains committed to producing quality Group I base stocks for its customers around the world.

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