ExxonMobil on Wednesday sanctioned a $240 million-plus investment to improve its Baton Rouge, LA, refinery operations, which include installing technology to reduce emissions.

ExxonMobil refinery

Project construction is expected to begin later this year at the refinery, which has crude capacity of about 517,000 b/d. 

The new suite of projects are geared toward improving processing capability, flexibility for meeting market demand and advancing overall site competitiveness. Technology also would be upgraded to reduce volatile organic compound emissions.

“Through this investment, we will reduce the facility’s volatile organic compound emissions up to 10%, while bringing direct value to the community through increased tax revenue and job opportunities for local residents and small and diverse...