ExxonMobil has started construction on a new crude unit at its Beaumont, Texas refinery that will increase crude refining capacity by 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.
Startup of the new unit is anticipated by 2022.
Bryan Milton, president of ExxonMobil fuels and lubricants company, says: 'With access to terminals, railways, pipelines and waterways nearby, the Beaumont refinery is strategically positioned to benefit from Permian production growth.
'The additional of a third crude unit in Beaumont will enhance the refinery's competitive position and truly establish it as a leader in the US refining industry.'
The company previously announced plans to build and expand manufacturing facilities in the US Gulf region as part of its Growing the Gulf initiative. This initiative includes expansion of Beaumont's polyethylene capacity by 65%, a new unit in Beaumont that increases production of ultra-low sulphur fuels, a new 1.5 million tonne-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 tonne ethane cracker currently planned for construction in San Patricio County, Texas.
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