Processing Magazine

ExxonMobil Chemical to build synthetic lubricant base stock plant

September 22, 2011

HOUSTON — ExxonMobil Chemical yesterday announced plans to build a a world-scale facility to manufacture its metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) synthetic lubricant base stocks at its integrated refining and chemical complex in Baytown, Texas, according to a press release.

The facility will have the capacity to produce 50,000 tons per year of high-viscosity (Hi-Vis) SpectraSyn™ Elite mPAO.

Engineering, procurement and construction activities for the new facility have begun, and completion is expected in 2013.

“The drive for greater energy efficiency, improved durability and extended drain intervals is creating demand for high-performance lubricants made with advanced synthetic base stocks,” said Synthetics Global Vice President Habib Quazi. “This new metallocene Hi-Vis PAO manufacturing capacity demonstrates ExxonMobil''s technology leadership and our commitment to provide our customers with reliable supply of synthetic base stocks that enable innovative synthetic lubricants.”