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ExxonMobil commissions new ULSD units at Baytown and Baton Rouge refineries

By Gerald Ondrey |

ExxonMobil (Fairfax, Va.; www.exxonmobil.com) has completed commissioning of new units to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) at its Baytown, Tex., and Baton Rouge, La. refineries. This will enable ExxonMobil to increase the supply of ULSD by over 3 million gal/d from the refineries, and allow for reduced emissions from diesel consumption when used in modern engines. “These projects are part of a series of global investments aimed at reducing the sulfur content of diesel fuel,” says Sherman Glass, president, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply. “Together, they will help ensure future supplies of ultra-low sulfur diesel products and enable the use of advanced technology diesel engines, resulting in improved air quality.” In December 2008, ExxonMobil announced plans to invest over $1 billion in three refineries to increase supply of ULSD. The projects, located in the U.S. and Belgium, required construction of new hydrotreater units at each facility, as well as modification to the existing facilities. In the U.S., the two projects provided more than 3,000 construction jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic impact in the Baytown and Baton Rouge communities. The Baytown Refinery is the largest oil refinery…
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