Pascagoula designed for technical substitution – Chevron

22 February 2014 00:08  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Chevron’s Pascagoula Base Oil Plant (PBOP) is designed for technical substitution on base oils, the company said in its presentation this week at the 18th ICIS World Base Oils Conference.

“Having technically substitutable base oils is important to the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), and the OEMs want global products,” said speaker Brent Lok of Chevron.

“Supply reliability is a key factor for our customers,” the speaker added.

Technically substitutable base oils offer fungibility for several reasons.

One is that feedstock qualifications are rigourous in determining crude oils that are suitable for premium base oil production.

Processing parameters such as temperature, pressure and solving waxy feed impurities are also key elements in bringing about reliable, technically substitutable base stocks, according to Chevron.

Catalyst selection is another key to the production of technically substitutable base oils, offering product quality and good base oil yields.

PBOP is Chevron’s new base oil facility located at its refinery at Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Planned and in construction for several years, the 25,000 bbl/day Group II base oil facility is expected to begin commercial output during the second quarter of 2014.

The 18th ICIS World Base Oils conference ends on Friday.  

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