Chemical plants in North America
Our Baytown complex is one of the largest and most technologically advanced refining and petrochemical complexes in the world. A new ethane steam cracker will have capacity of up to 1.5 million tonnes per year and provide ethylene feedstock for nearby polyethylene units. Its mechanical construction is complete, and the cracker is expected to start up in mid-2018.
Expansion of our U.S. Gulf Coast chemical facilities will help us supply growing markets.
Mont Belvieu, Texas
We recently began production on two new 650,000-tonnes-per-year polyethylene lines at the Mont Belvieu plastics plant as part of our North American Growth expansion initiative. Mont Belvieu has a plant capacity of 2.3 million tonnes per year, making it one of the largest polyethylene plants in the world. The majority of its production will be exported from the Port of Houston at a rate of more than 200 containers per day.
Our integrated Beaumont facility includes a refinery and chemical, lubricants, and polyethylene plants. Construction of a new polyethylene unit will increase capacity by 65 percent to meet growing demand for high-performance plastics. Start-up is expected in 2019.
San Patricio County, Texas
ExxonMobil and SABIC recently signed an agreement for the next phase of a detailed study of our proposed Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project. We are now beginning to plan for front-end engineering and design work. If progressed, the complex will include an ethane steam cracker capable of producing 1.8 million tonnes of ethylene per year, a monoethylene glycol unit, and two polyethylene units.
Up close: Vistamaxx performance polymers
Vistamaxx performance polymers enable our customers to develop innovative solutions that can improve product performance, sustainability, and manufacturing efficiency, adding increased profitability across the value chain. Using ExxonMobil’s proprietary technology, Vistamaxx products offer higher levels of elasticity, toughness, softness, flexibility, and sealability. These attributes contribute to sustainable benefits by reducing material use in everyday products.
Technology: Open process automation
We are developing a standards-based, open, and secure process automation architecture with the flexibility to exchange data across a wide range of products from different vendors. This will help standardize and simplify manufacturing control systems. The control system technology currently used within the oil and natural gas industry is single-sourced, costly, and does not allow for customization. This transformative change we are leading will not only result in significant cost savings, but will inspire software and hardware innovation that will enable enhanced value generation from our manufacturing assets.
Our high-performance computing data centers enable researchers to explore and develop cutting-edge software applications, while enhancing the computational modeling capabilities used in developing solutions across the entire energy value chain.