If you were to travel by helicopter to ExxonMobil’s Hoover Diana platform 160 miles south of Galveston Island, Texas, one of the first things you would notice is how blue the water is that far out in the Gulf of Mexico. If your helicopter set down on the platform’s giant helipad and you spent the night, you would see schools of fish jumping among the waves at dusk, and later on, millions of stars spanning the pitch-black sky.
Since production startup in 2000, work crews have made thousands of trips back and forth between the mainland and the platform, which is suspended in 4,800 feet of water. While the crews work many types of jobs onboard Hoover Diana, safety is paramount – so much so that workers have successfully completed more than 950 work-years of safe operations at the platform.
In fact, in 2016 the corporation achieved its best-ever safety performance worldwide, reducing workforce lost-time incidents more than 80 percent since 2000.
“I am proud of our performance last year,” says Lynne Lachenmyer, vice president of safety, security, health and environment. “Even so, there is still room for improvement, and we will never stop working toward our goal of Nobody Gets Hurt.”
In the area of emissions reduction, ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut, are pursuing a novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new use of carbonate fuel cells. What’s significant about the research and field testing the companies are conducting is that the approach they have developed allows the capture of carbon dioxide more efficiently than conventional technology.
“The fuel cell carbon capture solution we’re advancing with ExxonMobil could be a game-changer in affordably reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants globally,” says Chip Bottone, president and chief executive officer of FuelCell Energy Inc.
This collaboration is part of a broad suite of research and technology partnerships with private companies and universities to develop solutions to emissions reductions. For example, ExxonMobil has formed an association with Renewable Energy Group Inc. to research the use of sugars from agricultural waste to produce biofuels. The work could revolutionize the production of ultra-low carbon biodiesel fuel, increasing energy supplies, lowering emissions and improving operational efficiencies.
The full 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report showcases these and numerous other examples and statistics encompassing the corporation’s activities in health and safety, management of climate change risks, environmental performance, community engagement and investments, local development and supply-chain management and corporate governance. The report also presents detailed performance data from 2007 to 2016.
“For 135 years, ExxonMobil has been built on strong business fundamentals, including operational excellence, technology leadership, financial discipline and a world-class workforce,” says Darren Woods, ExxonMobil chairman and CEO. “These strengths have enabled us to safely and reliably deliver energy to our customers and value to our shareholders, even in the low-priced environment our industry has experienced recently.”