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ExxonMobil to reduce air pollution at its refinery near Chicago

April 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ExxonMobil, US largest private petrochemical company, has reached an agreement with US and Illinois regulators to reduce air pollution at its refinery near Chicago in Joliet, Illinois, reported Reuters with reference to the US Department of Justice's statement.

The consent decree, which will require ExxonMobil to make operational changes to its sulfur recovery plant to reduce emissions, marks yet another sign that the Biden administration will be flexing its muscles in an effort to crack down on big polluters.

It comes less than a month after the Environmental Protection Agency revoked an expansion permit for the Limetree Bay oil refinery in the Virgin Islands, amid concerns about the facilitys impact on air pollution.

Under the settlement with ExxonMobil, the company has agreed to pay more than USD1.5 million in penalties, a little over USD1 million of which will go to the federal government. The remainder will be paid to Illinois. It will also undertake an estimated USD10 million of improvements to reduce air emissions, the Justice Department said.

As MRC wrote before, ExxonMobil is considering whether to close down its Slagen oil refinery in Norway, which has a capacity to process 120,000 barrels of crude per day, turning the site into an import terminal. The refinery at Slagentangen near Toensberg in south-east Norway was built in 1961 and process crude oil from the North Sea, exporting about 60% of the output, according to Exxon.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 141,870 tonnes in January 2021 versus 123,520 tonnes a year earlier. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Exxon Mobil, Norway, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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