ExxonMobil is working with Linde as part of a long-term commercial agreement to upgrade residue to hydrogen and synthesis gas at an expansion of its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore.

The multi-billion dollar expansion will convert fuel oil and other bottom-of-the-barrel crude products into higher-value lube base stocks and distillates at the Singapore facility, which includes the world’s only steam cracker capable of cracking crude oil.

Engineering, procurement and construction activities have begun, and start-up is anticipated in 2023.

“The demand for high-quality fuels and lubricants will increase as the global economy expands,” said Bryan Milton, president of ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company.

“By using a combination of proprietary catalyst and process technologies, we will increase the site’s competitiveness and help meet growing demand for high-performance lubricants and cleaner fuels.”

The expansion by Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil will add the capacity to increase production of cleaner fuels with lower-sulfur content by 48,000 barrels per day.

“The project also applies new chemicals technologies and leverages integration across the crude cracker and refining complex to further enhance the competitiveness of crude cracking,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.