The expansion will boost PAO capacity at the site by 10,000 tonnes/year, or about 20%, to 58,000 tpy from its current capacity of 48,000 tpy, CPCC said.
Designed to enable CPCC to meet the increasing demand for high-performance lubricants in automotive and industrial applications as demand for higher energy efficiency and high-quality basestocks continues to grow, the PAO expansion also will improve process safety and overall unit efficiencies while reducing waste generation for the Cedar Bayou’s PAO unit, the company said.
Construction on the project will begin in April, with the expanded plant scheduled for startup by mid-2017, CPCC said.
FID on the PAO project at Cedar Bayou follows CPCC’s November 2014 announcement that it had undertaken a study for the proposed expansion, which at the time, was targeted for completion in 2016 (OGJ Online, Nov. 7, 2014).
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