ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded oil and gas firm in the world, has a history going back to 1870. It now operates in most countries and offers industry-leading brand names like Exxon, Esso, and Mobil. The company is active in the natural gas and oil markets. It is also a leader in technologies such as deepwater drilling, exploration and production, carbon capture and storage, and energy efficiency. The conglomerate began taking form in 1870 when the Standard Oil Company was formed in Ohio; at the time, it had the largest refining capacity in the world. Today, ExxonMobil consists of several brands that are recognized in countries throughout the world.
- ExxonMobil: An energy and technology company with business lines focusing on aviation fuels/lubricants, asphalt, crude oil sales, chemicals, commercial/passenger vehicle lubricants, marine fuels, waxes, and more.
- Exxon: A consumer-focused fuel provider that focuses on quality gasoline, diesel, and ethanol; safe driving and maintenance; and service at over 11,000 service stations.
- Mobil: Provides fuel, motor oil, heavy-duty engine oils, and industrial and specialty lubricants worldwide.
- Esso: The largest petroleum refiner in Canada, the division leads in crude oil and natural gas production, and providing related products, to Canadian, Columbian, and European markets.
- XTO: Operating in the United States and Western Canada, XTO Energy is present in many states and Argentina. Its operations range from crude oil production to hydraulic fracturing.
Despite its immense size, the company continues to grow. Coastal development along the Gulf of Mexico is expected to add numerous manufacturing facilities in the coming years, adding over 45,000 jobs. An expansion initiative includes several projects in Louisiana and Texas. These cover refining, chemical, liquified natural gas, and lubricant facilities that are planned to further expand the company’s capabilities.
ExxonMobil has received many awards. These include the 2014 Safety Excellence Award by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, and the 2013 Emerald Cross Award from the Colombia Safety Council. The Construction Users Roundtable recognized the company with three Construction Industry Safety Excellence awards in 2014. The same year, Capital Finance International awarded Mobil Oil Nigeria for its safety, health, and environmental standards in West Africa.
ExxonMobil has a history of accidents. The most notable is the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez supertanker, which spilled more than 250,000 barrels of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska. According to the company, it spent more than $4.3 billion to clean up the spill and pay fines and settlements. There have been several other accidents as well, some involving injuries and deaths to workers.
June 2016: The collapse of a 300-ton crane injured three workers in Torrance, California. While moving debris, the structure collapsed without warning, and a general equipment breakdown triggered a flare, unrelated to the collapse. Crews sprayed water onto the site to prevent any vapors from escaping and causing further damage.
May 2016: A contract worker died at a refinery in Beaumont, Texas, when a pipe struck him in the head/neck. He was working on a heat exchanger at the time. A report in the Beaumont Enterprise stated that this was the third death since 2013 involving maintenance at the facility. It also discussed a flash fire that occurred at the same refinery in 2013, in which 12 workers were injured, and two died.
The company also reported a fatality at an onshore drilling site and a worker death aboard a marine vessel. Employees were preparing to offload supplies at a platform off the coast at the time.
November 2015: A fire at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery injured four people. Listed in serious condition, they were treated at a local burn unit.
November 2014: In Baytown, Texas, an accident at the Olefins Plant killed a worker. There was a construction project going on at the time the subcontractor, employed by Group, was fatally injured.
The company’s own safety and security report noted a decline in the lost-time incident rate from 2007 to 2016, and in the total recordable incident rate. Its numbers have been consistently lower than the American Petroleum Institute’s workforce benchmark. A heavy focus on personnel and process safety have been part of its Nobody Gets Hurt initiative.