Chevron plans base oil plant at Pascagoula, Miss.

Chevron has applied to the Mississippi DEQ for an environmental permit to build a premium base oil facility at the company's 330,000 b/d refinery in Pascagoula, Miss.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 28 -- Chevron Corp. has applied to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for an environmental permit to build a premium base oil facility at the company's 330,000 b/d refinery in Pascagoula, Miss. The refinery produces gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, and other products.

The base oil facility is expected to produce about 25,000 b/d of premium base oil for use in manufacturing high-performance lubricants such as motor oils for consumer and commercial uses. The facility will use Chevron's proprietary isodewaxing technology, which results in higher yields and enables use of a broader range of crude oil feedstocks.

Chevron expects to begin construction in early 2009 and to complete in 2011.

"These oils are the primary ingredients in the production of top-tier motor oils needed to improve fuel economy, lower tail-pipe emissions, and extend the period between oil changes," said Dale Walsh, president, Chevron global lubricants.

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