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ExxonMobil to Proceed with New Crude Unit as Part of Beaumont Refinery Expansion

  • Crude-processing capacity to increase by more than 65 percent
  • Expansion will enhance Beaumont refinery's position as a leader in the
  • Construction on track for production startup by 2022

said today that it has reached a final investment decision and started
construction on a new unit at its Beaumont, Texas refinery that will
increase crude refining capacity by more than 65 percent, or 250,000
barrels per day. The third crude unit within the facility's existing
footprint will expand light crude oil refining, supported by the increased
crude oil production in the Permian Basin

"With access to terminals, railways, pipelines and waterways nearby, the
Beaumont refinery is strategically positioned to benefit from Permian
production growth," said Bryan Milton, president of ExxonMobil Fuels and
Lubricants Company. "The addition of a third crude unit in Beaumont will
enhance the refinery's competitive position and truly establish it as a
leader in the U.S. refining industry."

Startup of the new unit is anticipated by 2022. The project is expected
to create up to 1,850 jobs during construction and between 40 and 60
permanent jobs once completed.

ExxonMobil previously announced plans to build and expand manufacturing
facilities in the U.S. Gulf region as part of its Growing
the Gulf initiative
. Growing the Gulf projects include expansion of
Beaumont's polyethylene capacity by 65 percent, a new unit in Beaumont
that increases production of ultra-low sulfur fuels, and a new
1.5 million ton-per-year ethane cracker at the company's integrated
Baytown chemical and refining complex in Texas
. ExxonMobil and SABIC
have also created a new joint venture to advance development of the Gulf
Coast Growth Ventures project, a 1.8
million metric ton ethane cracker currently planned for construction in
San Patricio County, Texas

ExxonMobil's integrated operations in Beaumont include a 366,000
barrel-per-day capacity refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants and
polyethylene plants. ExxonMobil has approximately 2,100 employees in the
Beaumont area and its operations account for approximately 1 in every 7
jobs in the region.

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