Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Chevron Phillips Chemical to Expand Low Viscosity Polyalphaolefins (PAO) Capacity
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company now published plans to expand the low viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown. The expansion will allow the company to meet the increasing demand for high-performance lubricants in automotive and industrial applications.
The Woodlands, Texas — Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP announced that it has reached a final investment decision to expand the low viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, by 10,000 metric tons per year, or about 20 percent. The expansion will allow the company to meet the increasing demand for high-performance lubricants in automotive and industrial applications, as demand for higher energy efficiency and high-quality basestocks continues to grow.
Improving Process Safety
The project also improves process safety and overall unit efficiencies while reducing waste generation for the Cedar Bayou’s PAO unit. Feedstocks for this project will be provided through Chevron Phillips Chemical’s recent 100,000 metric tons per year expansion of normal alpha olefins (NAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant.
Miles Oberton, global PAO Business Manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical, claims that this additional capacity enabled the company to expand with the customer base to meet the future requirements of the industry. Chevron Phillips Chemical is a leader in the development and production of PAOs, marketed under the brand name Synfluid® PAO, which are used for a variety of automotive and industrial applications including engine oils, gear oils and greases.
Construction begins in April 2016 with completion and startup expected by mid-2017. The expansion will support up to 135 construction and engineering jobs.
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