NEW POWER PLANT AT MOBIL'S NEW JERSEY REFINERY BOOSTS EFFICIENCY AND AIR QUALITY
NEW POWER PLANT AT MOBIL'S NEW JERSEY
REFINERY BOOSTS EFFICIENCY AND AIR QUALITY
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation (NYSE: MOB) said today that a new cogenerating powerhouse recently put on line at its Paulsboro, N.J., refinery is so efficient that the refinery now has the capability of selling excess power to the local electric utility.
The powerhouse, called a utility plant, can produce enough power to light a city of 80,000 people, and replaces the original built when the Paulsboro refinery was opened in 1917. The new plant is fueled by clean-burning natural gas and by-product gas from refinery processes. As a result, utility-plant emissions at the refinery have been cut by more than 45 percent.
Another significant gain is the virtual elimination of the Paulsboro refinery's expense for externally-supplied electricity. Mobil said that here alone its savings, based on initial operation of the new utility plant, will exceed $1 million per month.
Paulsboro is the third of Mobil's U.S. refineries to begin using gas turbogenerator (GTG) cogeneration technology. The total of Mobil's power needs at its Joliet, Ill., refinery is met using a GTG power plant, as are 25 percent of those at its refinery in Torrance, Calif. The company has also been engineering a similar plant for construction at its largest U.S. refinery in Beaumont, Texas.
A GTG cogeneration facility uses a gas turbine that will simultaneously produce electricity and a thermal energy, usually steam, for use in industrial processing units. The system is typically about twice as efficient as public utility power plants in producing electricity. At Mobil's Paulsboro location, the steam and electricity are put to work not only in the refinery but also in Mobil's adjacent Research Laboratory.
Mobil's Paulsboro Refinery is on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River near Philadelphia, and can process 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It provides gasoline, lubricants, jet fuel, and distillates to one of Mobil's primary markets, the Northeast.
/CONTACT: John Lord of Mobil, 703-846-2500/
(MOB) CO: Mobil Corporation ST: New Jersey, Virginia IN: UTI SU: SH -- NY069 -- 3349 02/27/92 14:42 EST