Strategic investments in our refineries and chemical plants have played a prominent role throughout ExxonMobil's more than 125 years of history in the Benelux. Constantly responding to new (economic and social) developments has enabled us to keep our business operations strong.
The Antwerp Refinery is currently building an new coker unit for converting heavy, high-sulphur residual oils into transport fuels such as diesel and marine gas oil.
In 2009, the Antwerp Refinery started operating a high efficiency cogeneration facility, or Cogen. This was followed in 2011 by a hydrotreater, which removes sulphur from diesel using high-pressure hydrogen. The resulting lower SOx emissions – combined with increasingly cleaner car engines – have led to a (significant) improvement in air quality.
- In Rotterdam, the refinery is being expanded with a hydrocracker unit to meet the rising market demand. The unit upgrades heavier by-products into cleaner, higher-value finished products, such as base oils for lubricants and ultra-low sulphur diesel.
Recent large-scale investments in the Rotterdam chemical plants included performance improvements in the oxo-alcohol plant in 2016, an innovative system for producing paraxylene in the aromatics plant in 2015 and the major capacity expansion of the aromatics plant in 2009.