ExxonMobil to Acquire One of World’s Largest Aromatics Plants

  • Agreement signed for the Jurong Aromatics Corporation plant in Singapore
  • Plant will enable cost-competitive growth of ExxonMobil’s strategic aromatics business
  • Proximity to company’s integrated refining and petrochemical complex will strengthen both sites with product and logistical synergies
May 10, 2017 - 11:00 PM EDT

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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced today that its Singapore affiliate has reached an agreement with Jurong Aromatics Corporation Pte Ltd to acquire its plant located on Jurong Island in Singapore.

The plant, one of the largest in the world with an annual production capacity of 1.4 million tonnes, presents operational and logistical synergies for ExxonMobil’s integrated refining and petrochemical complex nearby. The company expects to complete the transaction in the second half of 2017.

“As a leading global manufacturer of aromatics, the addition of this aromatics plant to our existing operations in Singapore will help us better serve our customers in key Asian growth markets,” said Matthew Aguiar, senior vice president of basic chemicals, intermediates and synthetics for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “We continue to make strategic investments to ensure ExxonMobil is well positioned to meet increasing global demand for chemical products.”

Singapore is home to ExxonMobil’s largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex, which has a crude oil processing capacity of 592,000 barrels per day and includes two world-scale steam crackers. Acquisition of the Jurong aromatics plant will increase ExxonMobil’s Singapore aromatics production to over 3.5 million tonnes per year, of which 1.8 million tonnes is paraxylene.

“Our growth in Singapore is driven by the expected increase in global demand for chemical products over the next decade of nearly 45 percent, or about 4 percent per year, which is a faster pace than energy demand and economic growth,” said Neil Chapman, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “Nearly three-quarters of the increased demand is expected to be in Asia Pacific as a result of its rising prosperity and a growing middle class.”

ExxonMobil has operated in Singapore for more than 120 years and is one of the country’s largest international manufacturing investors. Singapore’s integrated petrochemical complex can process a wide range of feedstocks, from light gases to crude oil. Later this year, the complex will begin the phased start-up of new 230,000 tonne-per-year specialty polymers facilities that will produce halobutyl rubber and performance resins for adhesive applications.

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