ExxonMobil doubles polypropylene production at Baton Rouge plant

New unit increases capacity to meet demand for high-performance products

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ExxonMobil doubles polypropylene production at Baton Rouge plant
The plant at Baton Rouge

ExxonMobil has announced the successful startup of its new polypropylene production unit at the polyolefins plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  

The unit increases polypropylene production capacity along the Gulf Coast by 450,000 metric tons per year, meeting growing demand for high-performance, lightweight and durable plastics,  particularly for automotive parts that can improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle emissions. 

Polypropylene, a polymer with several applications, is also used to improve the safety and efficiency of everyday products like medical masks and food packaging. 

“With the start of this new production unit, we are well positioned to responsibly meet the growing global demand for these high-performance polymers,” said Karen McKee, president of  ExxonMobil Product Solutions. “The ingenuity of our people and our investments in technology  enable us to produce high-quality products that are essential to daily life.” 

ExxonMobil maintained its investments in this advantaged project through the Covid pandemic and related economic downturn. The total capital investment was more than $500 million.  ExxonMobil’s extensive mega-project management experience and unrivaled technology capability enabled the unit to start up according to the planned cost and schedule. 

During construction, the project employed more than 650 workers and with full operational status, requires an additional 65 full-time ExxonMobil jobs. 

ExxonMobil’s integrated operations in Baton Rouge include a more than 500,000 barrel-per-day refinery, as well as chemical, lubricants, polyolefins, and plastics manufacturing. ExxonMobil has more than 5,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area and its operations account for approximately one in every 10 jobs in the region. 

ExxonMobil, one of the largest publicly traded international energy and petrochemical companies, is into energy, chemicals, lubricants, and lower emissions technologies. 

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