ExxonMobil opens new synthetic base stocks plant in Texas

28 March 2014 15:09 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has opened a new 50,000 tonne/year metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) synthetic lubricant base stocks plant at its refining and chemicals complex in Baytown, Texas, the US-based energy and petrochemicals major said on Friday.

The plant will produce SpectraSyn Elite-brand mPAOs which “are scientifically engineered to offer improved performance characteristics versus conventional PAO base stocks,” the company said.

The product could help formulators manufacture automotive and industrial finished lubricants that offer greater durability, enhanced energy efficiency, and extended drain intervals, it added. 

“This substantial investment extends our commitment to providing customers with a reliable, global base stock supply to help them achieve their goals,” said Russ Green, ExxonMobil Chemical’s global synthetics business vice president.

By Stefan Baumgarten