Welcome to the April issue of Newsline and thanks to all those readers who sent us feedback on the previous issue – our first with the new electronic format. We are grateful for all the positive comments and are working hard to resolve any issues.

We’re hopeful that this new format will enable us to provide more frequent news updates – and to share other media, such as video and audio.

One section missed by readers

There was one comment that we received from several readers: when will the Long Service Awards, Retirements and In Memoriam sections be included in Newsline once more?

We have added the long service awards with this issue and we will definitely include the other details as soon as we can. We are dependent on our pension administrators to provide his detail, and they are currently rightly focused on supporting our colleagues who are due to retire this month following workforce changes announced last Autumn.

Please be assured we will reinstate these two sections just as soon as we can.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue, and please do get in touch if you have any comments.

ExxonMobil and Porsche to test lower-carbon fuel in race conditions

ExxonMobil and Porsche are testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels, as part of a new agreement to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption. The first iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is a blend of primarily advanced biofuels specially formulated by ExxonMobil’s in-house team of scientists and engineers. The fuel will be tested in race conditions with Porsche’s high-performance motorsports engines during the 2021 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series.

FEP investment in safe hands

Earlier this month (April) Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) temporarily shut down to begin a £140 million investment project. The man in charge of the project, Maarten ten Doesschate, has already overseen numerous such projects for ExxonMobil around the globe.

ExxonMobil Collaborates with Plastic Energy on advanced plastic recycling project

ExxonMobil is collaborating with Plastic Energy on an advanced recycling project in France that will convert consumer plastic waste into raw materials for the manufacturing of virgin-quality polymers. The project is expected to be one of the largest advanced recycling plants in Europe, with an initial capacity of 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

Reflecting on a 42-year career with EM

As Mark Wentworth’s long and notable career at ExxonMobil draws to a close, most recently as the head of the corporation’s emergency Regional Response Team (RRT) in Europe Africa and the Middle East, Newsline has asked him to reflect on his many experiences. The story begins in 1979, when 16-year-old Mark first joined the company. It was the ‘winter of discontent’, the average house cost £13,650 and ‘Message in a Bottle’ by The Police was riding high in the pop charts.

Staying well in times of change

In February and again earlier this month, ExxonMobil employees were invited to join a virtual presentation on mental health and wellbeing led by Dr Sade Adenekan, Lead Occupational Physician and Assistant UK MOH (Medicine & Occupational Health) Manager based at Leatherhead. It was organised in collaboration with the Leatherhead SSHE Committee as part of its Safety Talks Programme and was open to all UK staff.

Newport launches four-year apprenticeships

Our Newport elastomers plant has launched a maintenance engineering apprenticeship scheme for the first time in its history. Response to the new initiative has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 275 young people applying for the two roles.

Our contribution helps Citizens Advice New Forest reach out at Food Larder

Citizens Advice New Forest has thanked ExxonMobil Fawley for its contribution towards a new pilot scheme aimed at helping people to access its vital services. The charity has received £1,500 from the site to help fund an outreach service to sit alongside the Food Larder project, a community partnership that helps those on low incomes to make their money go further by reducing food shopping bills.

AES Supports Rough Sleeper Intervention Team

The ExxonMobil AES team at Newport has made the lives of the town’s rough sleeper community a little easier thanks to a donation of £1,350. The money has been used to buy two new sofas, mobile phones and supplies for The Wallich’s Newport Rough Sleeper Intervention Team.

Be inspired by the Royal Academy of Arts

ExxonMobil has renewed its corporate membership of the Royal Academy of Arts following a review of its sponsorship programme. This means ExxonMobil employees and their families can look forward to another year of creative inspiration and cultural experiences.

Long service awards

We have a bumper set of long service awards for this issue – congratulations to everyone listed! We will add the Retirements and In Memoriam sections in future once our pensions administrator has the capacity to provide these details.