ExxonMobil has shipped the first Group II base stocks from its newly expanded Rotterdam refinery, which is the first world scale producer of Group II base stocks in Europe.
This makes ExxonMobil the only Group I and II base stocks producer with significant manufacturing assets in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Start up of EHC production at the Rotterdam refinery has begun following the completion of the $1 billion hydrocracker expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2018. The project also increases production of ultra-low sulphur diesel and improves the refinery’s energy efficiency by 5%.
Base stocks storage capacity at the Rotterdam refinery was increased with the expansion, helping ensure improved supply reliability and ExxonMobil’s expanded collaboration with additive companies provides maximum product coverage. The company’s EHC base stocks slate helps enable cost-effective blending of the majority of lubricant applications in the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial sectors. As a result of the expanded collaboration, a number of market-general formulations for EHC grades are available from the main additive suppliers.
Nick Berthiaux, vice president, basestocks & specialties, says: ‘By continuously growing our manufacturing network, we are strengthening our global supply capability, and providing customers with an efficient and robust product offer. Seeing the first shipment of our EHC base stocks gives us all great satisfaction, and reaffirms that our offer is unique, differentiated and valued by the market we serve.’
ExxonMobil Basestocks will continue to expand its Group II supply capabilities with a hub terminal in Hamburg, Germany, scheduled for late summer.