Ineos plans to build the world’s largest single train low viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) plant. The 120 ktpa unit is expected to be operational in the first half of 2019.
La Porte/USA — Ineos Oligomers plans to significantly grow its low viscosity polyalphaolefin (PAO) business. The investment is intended to significantly increase the supply of low viscosity PAO to a growing market. “The industry needs an increased supply of high quality base oils, such as PAO, to formulate the next generation of advanced lubricant products.” said Bob Learman, INEOS Oligomers CEO. “The new plant will provide additional capacity and security of supply. In addition it will make our overall production capability more flexible, which is important in supporting new products we plan to introduce to the market in the coming years to keep pace with evolving customer needs.” said Joe Walton, Business Director Ineos Oligomers.
The business has also completed a debottleneck of its La Porte, TX plant, producing low viscosity grades and has optimised production runs at its plant in Feluy, Belgium. The projects have successfully increased its global low viscosity PAO capacity by approximately 15 %. The company also has an engineering project to mechanically debottleneck the Feluy PAO plant which presents the business with a valuable option to add a further 15 % to their capacity by early 2018.
In addition to investment in its low viscosity grades Ineos Oligomers has also previously announced a new 20 ktpa high viscosity PAO unit at its La Porte plant in Texas, to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017.