Chevron Phillips Chemical has reached 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 Woodlands, Texas/USA – 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.
Construction will begin in April 2016 with completion and startup expected by mid-2017. The expansion will support up to 135 construction and engineering jobs, the company says.
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.
“This additional capacity enables us to expand with our customer base to meet the future requirements of the industry,” said Global PAO Business Manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Miles Oberton.