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Published:August 7th, 2007 04:00 EST
ExxonMobil Announces Successful Start-up of the First Licensed Olgone Unit in Thailand

ExxonMobil Announces Successful Start-up of the First Licensed Olgone Unit in Thailand

By SOP newswire

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC and Thai Paraxylene Company Limited (Thai PX) today announced the successful start-up of the first licensed application in Thailand of ExxonMobil's new Olgone technology. The Olgone process implemented at Thai PX's Sriracha petrochemical complex removes olefinic contaminants from a heavy reformate feed, replacing a traditional clay treatment process. The mixed xylenes separated from the treated heavy reformate are converted to paraxylene as the final product.

Duangporn Teerapabpaisit, Thai PX's Manufacturing Manager, said, "We selected the ExxonMobil Olgone technology because it lengthens the reformate treater cycles and reduces overall costs. The clay treaters we replaced had cycles that would have been too short to manage after we complete the expansion of our paraxylene facilities later in 2007. Olgone offered a way to avoid installing new clay treater vessels and reduce the amount of clay waste generated.”

David Starkey, Global Xylenes Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC, said, "Thai PX is one of the major paraxylene producers in Thailand. We are very pleased that it has selected the Olgone technology to overcome a significant bottleneck in the mixed xylenes production facilities at its Sriracha refining and petrochemical complex."

ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC is a globally recognized licensor of proprietary technologies, both directly and through arrangements with other licensing companies. The technology offerings span petrochemical and polymer sectors including manufacturing technologies for low density polyethylene, polypropylene, paraxylene, benzene, mixed xylenes, ethylbenzene, cumene, propylene and ethylene, with supporting proprietary catalyst offerings in the aromatics process technology areas. For additional information see the ExxonMobil Chemical web site at under the Technology menu.

ExxonMobil Chemical is a global leader in technology, product quality and customer service with petrochemical manufacturing and/or marketing operations around the world. Its products include olefins, aromatics, fluids, synthetic rubber, polyethylene, polypropylene, oriented polypropylene packaging films, plasticizers, synthetic lubricant basestocks and additives for fuels and lubricants.

Editor’s notes:

1) ExxonMobil, the ExxonMobil logo and the interlocking X are trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation and Olgone is a trademark and a service mark of ExxonMobil Corporation. Olgone is a proprietary process name of ExxonMobil.

2) The terms "we", "our", "ExxonMobil", and "ExxonMobil Chemical” are used for convenience and may include any one or more of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC, Exxon Mobil Corporation or some or all of the companies affiliated with Exxon Mobil Corporation with chemical manufacturing and/or marketing operations throughout the world.

3) Thai PX is a wholly-owned affiliate of Thai Oil Public Company Limited, one of the leading petroleum refiners and suppliers of refined petroleum products in Thailand.