PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Chevron Pascagoula Refinery's new manufacturing facility is up and running. Monday, the company announced commercial production of premium base oils is now underway.
The same product is currently being produced at the company's refinery in Richmond, California and a joint venture facility in Yeosu, Korea. Adding the Pascagoula refinery to the mix will almost double Chevron's production capacity and position it to be the world's largest producer of premium base oil.
"Lubricants are a high growth business supporting economic development worldwide," said Mike Wirth, executive vice president, Chevron Downstream & Chemicals. "The addition of the Pascagoula plant to Chevron's base oil network enhances Chevron's reputation as a reliable and flexible base oil supplier globally."
Base oils from the new facility will supply customers in the U.S. East, Europe and Latin America, with Richmond continuing to supply the U.S. West, and both Richmond and Yeosu supplying Asia.
The facility is designed to manufacture 25,000 barrels per day of premium base oil. It's the main ingredient in the production of top-tier motor oils that help improve fuel economy, lower tail-pipe emissions and extend the time between oil changes. Base oils are used to make lubricants and greases for machinery and equipment in the commercial and industrial sectors.