Meeting energy demand at a macro level starts with a micro – or molecular – approach.
ExxonMobil’s Singapore manufacturing facility is doing just that to meet Asia’s growing appetite for consumer products.
Singapore’s newly-opened butyl and resins plants, part of ExxonMobil’s largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex, are where specialty molecules are developed at a global scale. The plants have the capacity to produce 90,000 tonnes of hydrocarbon resins and 140,000 tonnes of halobutyl rubber annually – delivering the building blocks for everyday items used across Asia and the world.
The entire complex operates using cogeneration, which means energy is reused to engineer each molecule as efficiently as possible. And even after they leave the plants, the butyl and hydrocarbon resins help consumers do more with less. Butyl, for example, is a major ingredient in tires. It holds the air in tires, which helps maintain proper inflation, ultimately improving fuel economy and reducing emissions.