Fawley Southampton Refinery
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Summary Information

Refining Units

  • Atmospheric Distillation
  • Vacuum distillation
  • Steam cracker
  • Fluid catalytic cracker
  • Catalytic reformer
  • Residfiner
  • Hydro desulphurisation units

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Crude oil is transported by sea to the refinery's modern marine terminal which handles around 2,000 ship movements and 22 million tonnes of crude oil and other products every year
  • Typically, the refinery will process over 20 different crude oils in any one year

Products Produced

  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Kerosene & jet fuel
  • Fuel oil
  • LPG
  • Lubricating base oils
  • Petrochemical feedstocks
  • Bitumen
  • Other products

Ongoing Projects

  • -

Other Information

  • Esso’s fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) regenerator at its Fawley refinery in the UK is one of the largest in the world.


  • 1921 - The refinery was commissioned
  • 1951 - Esso brought on stream a new refinery with a capacity of 5.5 million tonnes per year.
  • 2003 - Ultra low sulphur gasoline project launched

Relevant Links

  1. Exxon Refineries Throughput, Capacity and Utilisation
  2. Foster Wheeler Awarded Five-Year Agreement and Front-End Loading Phase of Sulfur-Free Mogas Project By ExxonMobil
  3. Information from UKPIA
  4. Complex FCC head & cyclone challenge

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