Belgium: Transportation Fuels Exxon Mobil Commences Operations at Antwerp Refinery’s New Unit
The core focus of setting up the new unit is to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels. The company also aims to strengthen the competitiveness of its advantaged facilities in Europe via this project.
Texas/USA – Exxon Mobil has recently started operations of a new unit at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels such as marine gasoil and diesel. The new 50,000 barrel-per-day unit expands the refinery’s capacity to meet demand for cleaner transportation fuels throughout northwest Europe. The company’s investment in the new coker will also help meet anticipated demand for lower-sulfur fuel oil to comply with new standards to be implemented by the International Maritime Organisation in 2020.
Other projects completed in Antwerp include a 130 megawatt cogeneration unit, which leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and a diesel hydrotreater, which has increased the refinery’s production capacity for low-sulfur diesel to enable modern diesel engines to achieve lower emissions standards.
The delayed coker is the first of several expansion projects designed to strengthen the competitiveness of Exxon Mobil’s advantaged facilities in Europe. The company is currently constructing a new hydrocracker in Rotterdam that will upgrade heavier hydrocarbon byproducts into cleaner, higher-value finished products such as EHC Group II base stocks and ultra-low sulfur diesel. Exxon Mobil is also considering an expansion project at its Fawley refinery in the United Kingdom that would include a new hydrotreater unit and associated hydrogen plant to increase domestic diesel production and reduce reliance on imported fuel.