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ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery ups light crude capacity by 20,000 b/d

Beaumont refinery part of trend to processing light crudes from domestic unconventional production

ExxonMobil is expanding processing of light crude oil at its Beaumont refinery, increasing production capacity by approximately 20,000 barrels per day, the company announced Tuesday.

Beaumont refinery

ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery.

“This project will grow our capacity and flexibility to process light crude oils,” said Jerry Wascom, president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company said in a press release.

The expansion strengthens ExxonMobil’s integrated downstream portfolio in Southeast Texas, according to the release.

“Building on the recent increases in domestic oil and gas production, this investment further strengthens the competitiveness of the company’s strategic assets in North America and enhances U.S. energy security,” said Wascom.

The increase in capacity at the Beaumont refinery is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. light crude from shale and demonstrates ExxonMobil’s long-term view and disciplined approach toward advantaged business investments, and the company’s continuing commitment to American economic growth and job creation.

Beaumont is well positioned to competitively supply high-demand growth markets around the U.S., according to the company.

“ExxonMobil continues to strengthen its portfolio of world-class refining assets,” said Fernando Salazar, refinery manager, Beaumont refinery.

“The expanded crude unit at Beaumont refinery supports the company’s position as a leader in the global energy market by improving the production slate, and enabling improvement in the product yield in a highly energy-efficient manner that will further strengthen the industry-leading position of our assets.”

ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery is part of the company’s integrated operations in Beaumont, TX, that includes a 345,000 barrels of crude oil per day refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants and polyethylene plants on approximately 2,400 acres.

ExxonMobil has more than 2,000 area employees and its operations account for approximately one in every seven jobs in the region. The refinery also supports about 1,000 contractors.

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