Article May 9, 2019
Baton Rouge area operations
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge has been essential to the economic, political and social landscapes of the community. Operational excellence and improved energy efficiency are responsible for ever-increasing output capacity.
Article May 9, 2019
Baton Rouge area operations
In the early 1900s, Standard Oil Company of New Jersey sought to strengthen its position in the southern United States.
After considering several locations, the company chose a location high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in North Baton Rouge. In April 1909, Standard Oil Company of Louisiana was chartered, and by November 1909 the refinery processed its first products.
Since that time, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge has been essential to the economic, political and social landscape of the community. We provide quality jobs, provide technologically innovative products and engage with the community to make it a great place to work and live.
Operational excellence and improved energy efficiency are responsible for Baton Rouge's ever-increasing output capacity. Our versatile integrated facilities produce gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, aviation fuel, lubricating oils and waxes. In addition, products produced at the Chemical Plant, along with the Resins Finishing, Polyolefins and Plastics plants, are used to make products people use every day, including paint, adhesives, plastic milk jugs, auto parts, plastic films, synthetic rubber, diapers and lubricants.
Safety, health and environment
Safety is fundamental at the Baton Rouge Complex, where we have a simple goal: “Nobody gets hurt.”
The safety of our employees, contractors, visitors and the surrounding community is our core value. We believe that no business objective is so important that it will be pursued at the sacrifice of safety. We strive for an incident-free workplace and a culture that complies with our clear and simple objective: Nobody Gets Hurt. It is a vision through which our employees and contractors accept personal accountability for their own safety, and are willing to intervene to ensure the safety of all.
Our commitment to safety yields results. In 2017, Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) awarded the Polyolefins and Plastics plants the association's highest honor as winners of the “Best in Louisiana” SAFE Award. The Polyolefins Plant has won 13 times in the last 17 years. 2017 was the safest year for contractors to date. Each on-site contracting companies at ExxonMobil worked a minimum of 20,000 injury-free man hours during the 2017 calendar year to earn an award. There were 12 Bronze which is one year injury-free, five Silver for having a second consecutive year injury-free and 30 Gold for companies with three or more consecutive years injury-free.
ExxonMobil Baton Rouge integrates the Loss Prevention System (LPS) safety program into employee and contractor work processes. LPS is a system to prevent or reduce losses using behavior-based tools and proven management techniques. Along with LPS, long standing committees like the Joint Health and Safety Committee, Department Safety Committees, and others meet regularly to discuss safety and health issues.
We also take environmental responsibility and reducing our energy use seriously. We conduct our business in a manner that is compatible with the balanced environmental and economic needs of the community. In 2017, the Baton Rouge Refinery received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf Guardian Award second place in the Business and Industry Category. In 2018, the Baton Rouge Refinery received the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Award in Pollution Prevention for investing in the innovative Biox Basins project that reduced nitrate emissions, yielding an 80 percent reduction in emissions.
In addition to our efforts to prevent incidents, we maintain a strong response capability to operational emergencies, should they occur.
We place a great emphasis on training for effective response and the Baton Rouge area Emergency Response Organization consists of the following groups:
- Plant Superintendents: manage emergency operations
- All unit personnel: trained in handling emergencies
- Primary Fire Squad: handles fires in early stages
- Volunteer Fire Brigade: responds if more help is needed
- Rescue Squad: provides rescue in elevated areas and confined space. The team participates in the National Industrial Rescue Training Competition and other national competitions each year.
- Emergency Medical Team (EMT): provides immediate life support
- Chemical Network Response Team (CHEMNET): provides hazardous materials response
- Emergency Local Interfunctional Response Team (ELIRT): handles oil spills
To sharpen professional skills, we annually conduct simulated emergencies and also participate in training provided by the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Baton Rouge area Mutual Aid System.
Community and news
Employees, retirees and family members annually volunteer more than 32,000 hours to the Baton Rouge area, earning more than $625,000 in Volunteer Involvement Program grants for local agencies and groups.
In addition, we annually donate approximately $1.2 million to United Way, almost $1 million to nonprofits and schools and $1.5 million to Louisiana colleges and universities. Our focus areas are education, workforce development and neighborhood programs.
Some of the education programs we support in the area include:
- Ambassador Activities: Employees work with area schools to provide assistance with mentoring, tutoring and hands-on classroom learning activities.
- Aquaponics Lab at Brookstown Middle School: ExxonMobil is one of the founding sponsors to fund a fully functioning aquaponics lab that teaches students how to safely operate and maintain the system with the goal of harvesting the catfish and lettuce produced.
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day: Employee volunteers host sixth through ninth grade female students for a day of hands-on engineering science-based learning.
- National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI): ExxonMobil is a founding member of NMSI, which provides teachers and students in 13 Louisiana school districts the training, resources and support needed to prepare students for college and future success. The high-quality, rigorous math, science and English courses give students the potential for college credit, financial savings and a jump start on careers across the economic spectrum.
- Wildlife Education: Our wildlife education team provides learning experience for area students on our Greenbelt property that is home to a variety of trees, flowers, birds and bats.
ExxonMobil is the largest manufacturing employer in Louisiana. We provide nearly 7,000 employee and contractor jobs. That amounts to about one out of every 10 jobs in EBR. ExxonMobil pays more than $100 million in total taxes annually (after credits and rebates) and the annual payroll is $585 million. We have reinvested $1 billion locally over past three years in operational improvements. Also, we paid more than $33 million in East Baton Rouge (EBR) property taxes in 2017 — which is approximately 7 percent of all EBR property taxes collected.
We work around the clock, 365 days a year, to ensure that we meet the demands of our customers, follow through on our commitment to safety and continually engage partners in the Baton Rouge area communities.
Get updates about planned maintenance and emergencies, or contact us with immediate concerns at the following phone numbers:
- Public Affairs Hotline for Questions or Concerns
+1 (225) 977-8393 — An ExxonMobil representative will return your call.
+1 (225) 977-1179 — Security will take message and forward appropriately.
- Operations Hotline
+1 (225) 977-0410 — Provides a recorded update on daily operations.