Base oil specifications driving the industry: Chevron

11 November 2013 19:30  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Base oil specifications are driving the industry, Chevron speakers said at a media event held for the company’s Pascagoula Base Oil Plant (PBOP) at its 333,000 bbl/day crude oil refinery at Pascagoula, Mississippi.

According to Chevron speakers, the quality of motor oils has changed tremendously over the past 20 years, with increasingly stringent US stipulations for passenger cars and for heavy-duty vehicles.

“Every few years, the motor oil brands must upgrade and stay current on the specifications,” a Chevron source said.

Sources said that a blending facility for finished lubricants may typically have 300-400 products, with different physical and performance specifications on any number of these products.

“So, dependence on your base oil supplier is paramount for a blender,” a Chevron source said.

“There are significant variations in regional and global demand, but OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] increasingly want homogenised global specifications for the base oils,” a Chevron presenter said.

Interchangeability within base oil testing and specifications is important because it can eliminate or decrease repetition testing, which can save money, sources said.

“Dependability is very important in this industry,” one Chevron representative said.

PBOP is slated for a Q4 2013 mechanical start-up, with production capacity of 25,000 bbl/day of Group II base oils.

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