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Motiva Enterprises signs license and catalyst lease agreements with ExxonMobil

Posted: 22 July 2004

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) announced today that Motiva Enterprises LLC ("Motiva"), which is owned by affiliates of Shell Oil Company and by Saudi Refining, Inc., has signed license and catalyst lease agreements to replace a previous catalyst with ExxonMobil's newest commercialized MSDW(1) lube isomerization dewaxing catalyst at their Port Arthur , Texas , facility.

Motiva operates the largest Group II/II+ base oil complex in North America at Port Arthur . The MSDW catalyst tech nology is operating in their larger hydroprocessing unit and is meeting all expectations. Base oil quality is excellent.

MSDW converts waxy oils and raffinates to conventional or ultra low pour point base oils and provides a significant increase in oil viscosity index. Base oils made from the MSDW process exhibit improved cold-cranking performance compared to solvent dewaxed oils of similar viscosity. MSDW is already operational at eight locations worldwide. These MSDW applications include grass roots designs, retrofits of existing units and catalyst replacements.

ExxonMobil continues to invest significantly in research and development directed at improved catalysts that will provide step-out performance improvements.

EMRE is the research and engineering arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation, a leading global oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals company whose subsidiaries have operations in approximately 200 countries and territories.

More information about ExxonMobil can be found at: http://www.exxonmobil.com/refiningtechnologies

Headquartered in Houston , Motiva Enterprises LLC, is a refining and marketing company owned by affiliates of Shell and by Saudi Refining, Inc. Motiva's marketing operations support a network of nearly 11,000 Shell- and Texaco-branded gasoline stations in the Eastern and Southern United States . In addition to their Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, Motiva assets include two other refineries located in Norco and Convent, La., capable of refining approximately 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd), and ownership or partial interests in 47 product terminals.

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