Esso Petroleum operates the Fawley cracking refinery, which is located in Hampshire, the UK. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles more than 1,400 refineries worldwide, it is an integrated cracking owned by Exxon Mobil. The refinery started operations in 1921 and has a Nelson Complexity Index (NCI) of 9.21. Buy the profile here.

Key refinery processes

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 262
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 148
Catalytic Cracker (mbd): 89
Reformer (mbd): 88
Hydrotreater (mbd): 118
Isomerization (mbd): 23

The capacity of the Fawley refinery is expected to remain the same as 262mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Fawley refinery cracking is expected to witness an estimated $910m of capex.

Maintenance activities at Fawley cracking refinery

The Fawley refinery cracking witnessed six incidents during the period 2017-2022.

Upcoming expansion projects at Fawley cracking refinery

Hydrogen Unit, ULSD Hydrotreater

Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Fawley cracking refinery include the following.

Design/FEED: Fluor.

Main EPC: Fluor.

EPC: Greendale Construction.

About Esso Petroleum

Esso Petroleum Co Ltd is engaged in refining and supplying petroleum products such as kerosene, heating oil, lubricants, and more. The company is headquartered in the UK.

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