Chevron Phillips considering another Baytown expansion

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. may expand its ability to produce chemicals used in synthetic motor oils, lubricants and other automotive additives, the company announced Monday.

The company, based in The Woodlands, is studying expansion of the normal alpha olefins capacity at its Cedar Bayou Chemical Complex in Baytown, targeting at least a 20 percent increase in a phased approach. Normal alpha olefins and their derivatives are used in a wide range of specialty applications, in addition to their use in connection with automobiles.

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Chevron Phillips said it has filed the necessary environmental permit application with Texas regulators. Construction, assuming final approval is sought, would begin in 2014.

“This study echoes Chevron Phillips Chemical’s strong commitment to the NAO business and to meeting the growing demand of our customers,” Mitch Eichelberger, general manager of normal alpha olefins and polyalphaolefins for Chevron Phillips Chemical, said in a statement.

Last year, Chevron Phillips Chemical began construction of the world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant capable of producing up to 250,000 metric tons per year at its Cedar Bayou complex.

Chevron Phillips is jointly owned by Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66.