Avoiding 6 million metric tons per year of greenhouse gas emissions through cogeneration

ExxonMobil is developing innovative ways to generate power more efficiently and with less environmental impact compared with purchasing electricity from a local utility.

Article Oct. 9, 2018

Avoiding 6 million metric tons per year of greenhouse gas emissions through cogeneration

Cogeneration technology captures heat generated from the production of electricity for use in production, refining and chemical processing operations. Due to its inherent energy efficiency, the use of cogeneration leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Our cogeneration facilities alone enable the avoidance of approximately 6 million metric tons per year of greenhouse gas emissions.

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We have interests in approximately 5,400 megawatts of cogeneration capacity in more than 100 installations around the world. This capacity is equivalent to the annual energy needed to power 2.5 million U.S. homes. Over the past decade, we have added more than 1,000 megawatts of cogeneration capacity and continue to develop additional investment opportunities.

For example, in October 2017, ExxonMobil completed the construction of its third cogeneration facility at its Singapore Refinery’s Jurong site. The 84-megawatt facility brings the total cogeneration capacity in Singapore to more than 440 megawatts and will meet most of our electricity needs at the integrated manufacturing site.

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