Shale Gas Fuels U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

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* Abundant supplies help energy-intensive industries grow, create more jobs

PITTSBURGH--(Business Wire)--
Abundant, affordable domestic natural gas is helping to revitalize
energy-intensive industries like petrochemical manufacturing, a senior
ExxonMobil Chemical Company executive said today.

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Bruce Macklin, senior vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, said the
innovative application of technology to produce natural gas is enabling U.S.
chemical manufacturers to competitively serve the growth markets of Asia and
other parts of the world. (Photo: Business Wire)

In a presentation at the Manufacturing Renaissance Forum, Bruce Macklin, senior
vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, said, "Looking back 20 years,
chemicals were our nation`s top export product. But as recently as five years
ago, we were on the verge of becoming an importer. Now the industry is back on
the path of competitively serving the growth markets of Asia and other parts of
the world. This is a great story, but it`s just the beginning." 

He said, "ExxonMobil`s Energy Outlook indicates that the chemicals subsector of
industrial energy demand will be the fastest-growing over the next 25 years,
largely due to increased demand for plastics and other advanced products.
Petrochemical processes turn affordable natural gas-based feedstock into lots of
products that are used by people all around the world." 

During his presentation at the event convened by Carnegie Mellon University and
the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Macklin said, "Given the
feedstock advantage and the demand for our products, for the first time in a
decade, producers in North America are talking about expansion in the form of
debottlenecks and new grassroots stream crackers." 

ExxonMobil Chemical has filed permit applications for a petrochemical expansion
at its Baytown Olefins Plant in Texas where it plans to add an ethane cracker.
The company also plans to add premium polyethylene facilities at the nearby Mont
Belvieu Plastics Plant. It will make a final investment decision following
completion of these reviews and approvals. 

If developed, it is estimated that the project would create about 10,000
construction jobs and add about 350 permanent jobs to the company`s workforce of
6,500 in the Baytown area. The proposed project would also have a multiplier
effect and create an additional 3,800 jobs in local communities. 

"The proposed investment reflects ExxonMobil`s confidence in the natural-gas
driven revitalization of the U.S. chemical industry," Macklin said. "The
innovative application of technology to produce natural gas is enabling U.S.
chemical manufacturers to once again invest in North America, create thousands
of jobs and increase sales to domestic and global markets." 

About ExxonMobil Chemical

ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the world`s premier petrochemical companies with
manufacturing, technology, and marketing operations around the world. The
company delivers a broad portfolio of products and solutions efficiently and
responsibly, with a commitment to create outstanding customer and shareholder
value. ExxonMobil Chemical endorses the principles of sustainable development,
including the need to balance economic growth, social development and
environmental considerations. 

To learn more, visit www.exxonmobilchemical.com.

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