Decarbonisation options for ExxonMobil Chemicals Rotterdam

This report on decarbonisation options for the ExxonMobil Chemicals Rotterdam is part of the MIDDEN project (Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network) initiated by PBL and TNO. The project aims to support industry, policymakers, analysts and the energy sector in their common efforts to achieve deep decarbonisation. The report gives an overview of the chemical plants at ExxonMobil and the options for decarbonisation.

Overview of chemical plants and products

Exxon started a refinery in Rotterdam in 1960 which produced raw materials for aromatics production such as naphtha. Thereafter the Rotterdam Aromatics Plant (RAP) was set up in 1963. Successive improvements in further years added the Rotterdam Oxo-alcohol Plant (ROP) and the Rotterdam Plasticizers Plant (RPP) in the surrounding area. This report includes the three chemical plants RAP, ROP and RPP. The refinery will be included in a separate MIDDEN report.

Produced products in RAP, ROP and RPP include:

  • Benzene;
  • Toluene;
  • Ortho-xylene;
  • Para-xylene;
  • Cyclohexane;
  • Oxo-alcohols;
  • Phthalic anhydride;
  • Plasticisers.

Decarbonisation options

The focus of the decarbonisation options in the report is on carbon capture and storage (CCS), electrification, blue and green hydrogen as fuel and feedstock, bio-aromatics as feedstock and residual heat use.


Other authors
Varun Advani
Ton van Dril


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Decarbonisation options for ExxonMobil Chemicals Rotterdam
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6 August 2020
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