Chevron Phillips Chemical to expand PAO capacity at Cedar Bayou Plant in US
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, jointly owned by Chevron and Phillips 66, has decided to expand its capacity to produce low viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas, US by 10,000t per year or nearly 20%.
With the expansion, the company aims to meet the growing demand for high-performance lubricants in automotive and industrial applications.
The initiative also aims to meet the rising demand for higher energy efficiency and high-quality basestocks.
Additionally, the expansion seeks to enhance process safety and overall unit efficiencies and cut waste generation limits for the Cedar Bayou's PAO unit.
The proposed PAO facility will use feedstocks from Chevron Phillips Chemical's recent 100,000t per year expansion of normal alpha olefins (NAO) capacity at the company's Cedar Bayou plant site.
However the company has not disclosed the amount to be invested in the expansion; construction of which is expected to start in April this year with completion and start-up expected by next year.
The expansion expects to support up to 135 construction and engineering jobs.
Chevron Phillips Chemical global PAO business manager Miles Oberton said: "This additional capacity enables us to expand with our customer base to meet the future requirements of the industry."
The company markets its products under the brand name Synfluid PAO, and they are used in several automotive and industrial applications, such as engine oils, gear oils and greases.
In 2014, Chevron Phillips Chemical announced a study for carrying out the recently announced expansion of its low viscosity PAO capacity at Cedar Bayou plant.
Image: Chevron Phillips Chemical's PAO expansion expects to support up to 135 construction and engineering jobs. Photo: courtesy of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.