ExxonMobil upgrade hydrocracker unit in Rotterdam

ExxonMobil to upgrade hydrocracker unit in Rotterdam

11:13 AM, 30th October 2015
ExxonMobil to upgrade hydrocracker unit in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLAND: ExxonMobil said that it will expand the hydrocracker unit in Rotterdam to upgrade heavier byproducts into cleaner, higher-value finished products, including EHC (a product) group II base stocks and ultra-low sulphur diesel, to meet growing global market demand.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and unit start-up is targeted for 2018, it said.

The refinery, operated by Esso Nederland BV, will use ExxonMobil’s proprietary hydro cracking technology and be the first to produce EHC Group II base stocks in Europe. Base stocks are the primary ingredients used in the production of high-quality lubricating oils and greases. Group II base stocks are higher in performance, resulting in advantages in many lubricant and process oil applications.

“Despite a challenging industry environment, we are committed to our long-term strategy of investing in projects in advantaged locations where we can continue to increase competitiveness and profitability,” said Jerry Wascom, president, Refining & Supply Company, ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery plays a key role in the region and marketplace as a manufacturer of low-sulphur petroleum products and chemical feedstocks. The base stocks that will be produced at Rotterdam are designed to help lubricant blenders achieve greater formulation flexibility and simplify global qualification testing.

“Combined with ExxonMobil’s existing manufacturing capabilities, this project will enable us to offer a global EHC Group II base stocks product offering to meet current and future customer needs,” said Loic Vivier, vice president, wholesale & specialties, ExxonMobil fuels & lubricants.

The Rotterdam hydrocracker project will strengthen the refinery’s position as a leader in the global refining industry.

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