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ExxonMobil LAO production unit progresses toward commercial startup in mid-2023

ExxonMobil - Press Release 

Houston, Texas – ExxonMobil announced that construction of the new linear alpha olefins (LAO)
manufacturing unit at its Baytown, Texas, integrated petrochemical complex is progressing and
targeting commercial start up in mid-2023. When fully operational, the new facility will have the
capacity to produce approximately 350,000 metric tons of LAO annually.
ExxonMobil will manufacture 10 high-purity LAO products at the site and market the new offering
under the ELEVEXX™ brand name. Extremely diverse, LAO molecules are used in a broad range of
proprietaryapplications, including in plastic packaging, high-performing engine and industrial oils, and as
building blocks for surfactants and other specialty chemicals.
“We intend to bring a collaborative approach to the market, combining our manufacturing and
technical expertise with our customers’ formulation expertise to create a winning proposition,” said
Mike Fanset, global marketing manager for LAO at ExxonMobil. “We are vertically integrated
across a number of market applications which better positions us to bring end-to-end solutions to
our customers.”
The new manufacturing facility will feature the latest quality control technology, including in-line
analyzers engineered to assess product quality and purity in real time, helping to maximize finished
LAO molecule consistency and supply reliability.
“ExxonMobil is widely recognized for manufacturing excellence and reliably delivering complex,
high-performing chemicals. With the new LAO line, we are incorporating advanced analytic
capabilities to assess and assure the highest standard of quality and purity control,” said Denise
Burcham, venture manager for the new LAO manufacturing unit in Baytown at ExxonMobil.
ExxonMobil’s Baytown facility is the largest integrated petrochemical complex in the U.S. and is one
of the most technologically advanced refining and petrochemical complexes in the world. Founded
in 1919, the complex is located on approximately 3,400 acres along the Houston Ship Channel,
about 25 miles east of Houston. The facility includes a refinery, chemical plant, olefins plant, plastics
plant and technology center.

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