Rotterdam, January 9, 2014 – ExxonMobil Chemical Holland B.V. has begun construction of a new facility at its Rotterdam Aromatics Plant (RAP) to improve environmental performance and energy efficiency. The unit for the production of paraxylene will use innovative, proprietary liquid-phase isomerization technology developed by a global ExxonMobil research team. The new unit is scheduled to start-up in early 2015.
The new liquid isoformer unit will reduce total annual energy use at the plant equal to that consumed by 30,000 average Dutch family homes and will reduce annual CO2 emissions the equivalent of removing over 20,000 cars off Dutch roads.
The project is part of continuous efforts to improve Rotterdam’s energy performance and its strategic position in ExxonMobil’s global aromatics business.
This investment follows a number others at the Rotterdam site, including a project to produce low-sulfur diesel fuel, the 2009 chemical plant expansion and the 2010 integration with Air Products’ hydrogen plant.
ExxonMobil’s Aromatics plant is located in the Botlek Area of Rotterdam, at the same site as its Refinery. The RAP was established in 1964 and has evolved into one of the largest aromatics plants in the world, with a production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes per year.
Paraxylene is the building-block for the production of textiles such as polyesters and packaging materials such as PET bottles.