USA: Low Viscosity Polyalphaolefins Chevron Phillips Chemical to Expand PAO Capacity at Cedar Bayou Plant
Chevron Phillips Chemical has successfully completed a low viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity expansion at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas.
The Woodlands/USA — The 20 % capacity expansion enables the company to meet the increasing demand for high-performance lubricants in automotive and industrial applications. Chevron Phillips Chemical develops and produces PAOs, marketed under the brand name Synfluid PAO, which are used for a variety of applications including engine oils, gear oils and greases.
The project improves process safety and overall unit efficiencies while reducing waste generation for Cedar Bayou’s PAO unit, the company claims. The feedstock for the new unit will be provided from Cedar Bayou’s recent 100,000-metric-tons-per-year expansion of its normal alpha olefins capacity. Construction began in April 2016.