US ExxonMobil to expand synthetic lubricant capacity

27 September 2012 22:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based ExxonMobil is expanding its plants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to increase capacity for manufacturing base stocks and blending lubricants, the company said on Thursday.

ExxonMobil expects a 25% increase in its capacity for synthetic esters and alkylated naphthalene, which is used in lubricants such as motor and gear oils, as well as those used in aviation and marine applications.

The expansion will also include a blending centre in Port Allen, Louisiana, for synthetic aviation oil.

The 8.3-acre (3.4-ha) facility will manufacture more than 145 lubricant products with an annual throughput of more than 90m gal (340m litres).

The company is not disclosing how much the chemical and lubricant facilities are currently producing, ExxonMobil spokesperson Margaret Ross said.

Construction will begin late this year.

The new facilities will replace existing operations in Edison, New Jersey.

By: Tracy Dang
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