ExxonMobil will spend more than $200 million to expand its
Baton Rouge chemical and lubricants plants in Louisiana to
raise capacity for synthetic lubricant base stocks
manufacturing and lubricants blending, packaging and storage,
the company said on Thursday.
The expansion will increase
ExxonMobils global capacity of synthetic esters and
alkylated naphthalene by more than 25% to meet demand for
high-performance lubricants made with these advanced products,
according to Exxon officials.
The project will include construction of
a blending center for synthetic aviation oil at the
companys lubricant blending plant in Port Allen, La.
ExxonMobil continues to invest in its operations in
Louisiana, said Paul Stratford, manager of the Baton
Rouge chemical plant. Over the past three years, the
corporations capital expenditures in the state exceeded
Construction is expected to begin in
late 2012. The project will create more than 400
direct construction jobs. The facilities are expected to provide
45 new full-time local jobs when production begins in
The new facilities in Baton Rouge will
replace ExxonMobils existing base stock manufacturing and
aviation lubricants blending, packaging and storage operations
in Edison, New Jersey, which will cease production when the new
facilities in Louisiana begin
The project will make ExxonMobils
Baton Rouge complex the worlds largest producer of
synthetic esters and alkylated naphthalene, the company says,
products which are used by producers and marketers of a wide
variety of finished lubricants that include vehicle motor oils,
gear oils and greases, as well as specialized lubricants for
aviation, marine and industrial applications.
The new aviation lubricants blending center reflects
our continuing commitment to safe and reliable supply of
aviation and other lubricant products, said Julius
Bedford, manager of ExxonMobils lubricant blending plant
in Port Allen, La.
The 8.3-acre facility will manufacture more than 145
lubricant products and have an annual throughput of more than
90 million gallons, according to the company.
ExxonMobil says the expansion, coupled with a new
metallocene polyalpholefins plant under construction at its complex in
Baytown, Texas, positions it to meet long-term demand growth
for lubricants with greater energy efficiency, improved
durability and extended drain intervals.