Chevron Plans New Construction For Base Oil Plant In Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Chevron hopes to construct a Base Oil Manufacturing facility in the Pascagoula refinery, creating up to 1,200 temporary construction jobs in Mississippi.

The corporation has submitted an environmental permit application to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

General Manager of the Pascagoula refinery Roland Kell says the project represents another significant multi-million dollar investment in Mississippi.

Once the project is completed an estimated 10 to 15 new permanent jobs are possible.

The new facility is expected to produce approximately 25,000 barrels of premium oil base per day for use in manufacturing high-performance lubricants like motor oils for consumer and commercial uses.

Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Global Lubricants says demand for these types of oils is increasing in the U.S. and around the world.

"These oils are the primary ingredients in the production of the top-tier motor oils needed to improve fuel economy, lower tail-pipe emissions and extend the period between oil changes," said Walsh.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2009 and end in 2011.

Chevron paid 23 millions dollars in property tax to Jackson County this year alone.  Kell says he is optimistic and glad Chevron is continuing to grow their company in South Mississippi.