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ExxonMobil to Build 13 New Chemicals Facilities

March 7, 2018
A sign at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, LA. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A sign at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, LA. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Global oil and gas firm ExxonMobil plans to invest in 13 new chemicals facilities and dozens of upstream and downstream projects globally over in the coming years in a bid to double its earnings and cash flow by 2025, a company statement announced Wednesday morning.

Among the initiatives, Exxon will start up 25 projects globally to increase deepwater, tight (shale) oil, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, including increasing production of its Permian Basin assets by five times during the period. Seven refineries will be upgraded under the plan to increase their output of higher-value products like ultra-low sulfur diesel and chemicals feedstocks.

Exxon also said it will build 13 new chemicals facilities, including two steam crackers in the U.S., as part of its goal to increase chemical manufacturing in Asia Pacific and North America by 40% through 2025 in response to a hike in demand from growing markets like Asia.

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“We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of global demand for higher-value products in the downstream and chemical,” ExxonMobil’s chief executive officer and chairman Darren W. Woods said in a statement. “Our combined strengths in innovative technology, resource and market access, marketing product leadership and integration improve profitability and creat significant shareholder value.”

Combined, the investments are expected to lift earnings from an adjusted profit of $15 billion in 2017 to about $31 billion in 2025 (in 2017 dollars), Exxon said

Over the last year, ExxonMobil has boosted its production of oil in the Permian Basin from under 3 million oil equivalent barrels to 9.5 billion, according to the release. An acquisition of Bass assets last year increased Exxon’s production of shale oil in the Permian Basin by 5.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels.

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