ExxonMobil is not finished building new Group II capacity nor with expanding its operations in Singapore. Not by a long shot.
The U.S.-based energy giant said Tuesday it has made a final investment decision to proceed with a multi-billion dollar expansion of its refining facilities in Singapore and that the project, among other things, will increase the companys capacity to make API Group II base oils in Singapore by 1 million metric tons per year by 2023.
This will come on top of a Group II upgrade already underway at one of the companys two Singapore base oil plants. That project, involving a 678,000 Group I plant on the island of Pulau Ayer Chawan, will give the plant 300,000 t/y of Group II capacity and is scheduled to be completed before July.
The 2023 expansion also involves the Pulau Ayer Chawan plant. ExxonMobil also operates a 1.6 million t/y Group II plant in Jurong Industrial Estate, on the main island of Singapore.
Other parts of the project will add 48,000 barrels per day of capacity to produce clean fuels, including low-sulfur marine fuel, which would help shipping companies comply with IMO 2020 regulations on marine fuels, which go into effect Jan. 1 of next year.
The demand for high-quality fuels and lubricants will increase as the global economy expands, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Co. President Bryan Milton said in a press release.
ExxonMobil has undertaken a string of Group II projects in recent years. In 2015 it completed 300,000 t/y expansions in Singapore and Baytown, Texas, United States. Earlier this year it opened a 1 million t/y Group II plant in Rotterdam.