ExxonMobil pushes start button for billion-euro plant

Friday 19 04 2019

ExxonMobil took a Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) into operation at its refinery in Antwerp at the beginning of April this year. The unit converts heavy, high-sulphur oil products into cleaner transport fuel such as diesel and fuel oil for shipping. The new plant represents an investment of more than 1 billion euros.


The DCU has been built in anticipation of the new shipping regulations due to come into force on 1 January 2020. As of that date international shipping will not be allowed to use fuel with a sulphur content of more than 0.5%. Thanks to this investment the sulphur emissions of the refinery itself will be reduced by 75%. 


"This investment of 1 billion euros is proof if any is needed that ExxonMobil fully intends to continue playing an important role in Antwerp. With this new plant we are meeting the demand for low-sulphur transport fuel, while creating additional, high-level jobs. Together with our previous investments this makes the Antwerp refinery one of the most modern and efficient in the world," declared the CEO of ExxonMobil Benelux. 


ExxonMobil's own research centres are also pioneering new energy processes, biofuels, Carbon Capture & Storage, natural gas technologies and advanced energy-saving materials.


The opening ceremony was attended by Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois, vice-first minister and minister of employment, the economy and consumer affairs Kris Peeters, the American ambassador H.E. Ronald J. Gidwitz and Antwerp mayor Bart De Wever.