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ExxonMobil to proceed with new crude unit as part of Beaumont refinery expansion

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ExxonMobil has announced that it has reached a final investment decision and started construction on a new unit at its Beaumont, Texas, US refinery that will increase crude refining capacity by more than 65%, or 250 000 bpd.

The third crude unit within the facility’s existing footprint will expand light crude oil refining, supported by the increased crude oil production in the Permian Basin.

“With access to terminals, railways, pipelines and waterways nearby, the Beaumont refinery is strategically positioned to benefit from Permian production growth,” said Bryan Milton, president of ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Company.

Start-up of the new unit is anticipated by 2022. The project is expected to create up to 1850 jobs during construction and between 40 and 60 permanent jobs once completed.

ExxonMobil’s integrated operations in Beaumont include a 366 000 bpd capacity refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants and polyethylene plants.

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