ExxonMobil has broken ground on the expansion of its research facility in Clinton, N.J., a key centre of innovation that supports fundamental and process research and development, including advancing algae biofuel and carbon capture technologies.
The facility is expected to be completed in 2019 and will include employees relocating from its research facility in Paulsboro, N.J.
“By co-locating our research and development and products technology organizations in Clinton, we expect to bring potential new technologies online faster and at the scale necessary to meet the world’s growing needs for energy,” Bruce March, president of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, said in a statement.
The expanded facility in Clinton will include a new engine testing centre, a lubricant research and development blend plant and enhancements to existing facilities to accommodate employees relocating from Paulsboro.
ExxonMobil also works with about 80 universities around the world to explore next-generation energy technologies. The company collaborates with Energy Centers at Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Texas at Austin.
“Our research addresses key elements of the dual challenge we currently face, which means supplying energy for modern life and improving living standards while minimizing impacts on the environment, including the risks of climate change,” said Vijay Swarup, vice-president of research and development. “By consolidating our research capabilities under one roof and fully leveraging the expertise in all of our departments, we hope to develop scalable solutions that drive both long-term shareholder and societal value."