Chevron Oronite Aims to Expand Singapore Plant
Chevron Oronite recently confirmed that it is planning to significantly expand the capacity of its existing additives plant on Jurong Island in Singapore. Project plans include growth in component manufacturing, blending and shipping capacity and overall infrastructure to increase total supply capability for the Asia-Pacific Region.
“Our Singapore plant, already the largest additives plant in the Asia Pacific region, was built to support the growing Asia Pacific market,” said Andy Tugendhat, Vice President of Sales. “The proposed project will help us meet the anticipated volume growth in the region.”
Chevron Oronite expects that the additional capacity realization will occur in the 2014 timeframe. The company did not disclose the amount of its investment in the project.
“We are excited about this expansion in Singapore because it forms the apex of a long process of upgrading this particular facility,” said Walt Szopiak, Regional General Manager for Manufacturing and Supply. “In fact, numerous upgrading projects have been completed since the plant’s commissioning in 1999. These include debottlenecking of production units, blending and shipping facilities and supporting infrastructure along with new capacity additions for selected production units. When the planned expansion is completed, the Singapore Plant capacity will effectively be doubled from its original size.”
The Singapore Plant occupies a 20-hectare site on the Jurong Island chemical hub that is a convenient source of feedstock and utilities. It is operated with an advanced Distributed Control System; the laboratory is fully
equipped to monitor the quality of raw materials as well as finished products; and the plant has a private jetty to accommodate vessels of up to 40,000 dead-weight tonnage.