Integration Fundamental to Superior Returns, Executive Tells CERAWeek

ExxonMobil Chemical president says disciplined long-term approach critical

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Integration of refining and petrochemicals and a disciplined, long-term approach are fundamental to generating superior returns, ExxonMobil Chemical President Steve Pryor said in a speech at the CERAWeek conference today.

"This constancy of purpose has enabled our downstream and chemical businesses to achieve a combined average return on capital employed of 20 percent since 2000," Pryor said.

Pryor said that effective integration is achieved through site-wide optimization of feedstocks, products, costs, capital and people, enabling all product lines to benefit from the same lower costs. "A steadfast commitment to technology is critical to capturing these integration benefits," he said.

"We focus on technologies that reduce energy use, emissions and costs in our facilities and deliver products that enable consumers to do the same," Pryor said. He noted that 90 percent of ExxonMobil's operated petrochemical capacity is integrated with refining or upstream gas processing.

Pryor also said that unconventional natural gas presents an opportunity for petrochemical and energy producers in North America and potentially other regions of the world. "For petrochemicals, the dimensions of this global opportunity will be shaped over decades to come."

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