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Major New Investment at Fawley

Hampshire's biggest heavy industrial site has seen a £28m investment. ExxonMobil has pumped the cash into Fawley Refinery where they have built a new plant to produce Isopar products – described as a “new family” of solvents – which are used as a base in paints, inks, air fresheners and cosmetics.

Previously the Fawley had been involved in the initial stages of Isopar production but the product was then finished at ExxonMobil’s Antwerp refinery. Now the whole process will happen in Hampshire and Fawley will be Europe’s leading producer of Isopars.

About 75 per cent of the the product will be for export.

The new hydrogenation plant, which will be capable of producing 50,000 tonnes of Isopars per year, took just over 12 months to build and was largely constructed using prefabricated sections brought in from the Netherlands.

The plant, the first new production line at Fawley since the 1980s, began tests in December is now fully operational.

Posted 04/04/2017 11:22

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