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Chevron to Build $1.4 Billion Lubricants Plant in Pascagoula, Miss.

  • Project expected to create approximately 1,000 construction jobs
  • Establishes Chevron as the global leader in premium base oil production
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Jan. 31, 2011 - Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced that Chevron Lubricants will commence construction of a lubricants manufacturing facility at the company's Pascagoula refinery. The $1.4 billion Pascagoula Base Oil Project (PBOP) is projected to generate approximately 1,000 jobs over the next two years of construction and about 20 permanent positions once the facility is operating. 

The facility will manufacture 25,000 barrels per day of premium base oil, the main ingredient in the production of top-tier motor oil that helps improve fuel economy, lower tail-pipe emissions and extend the time between oil changes.

"Chevron was the first company to produce premium base oil," said Mike Wirth, executive vice president, Chevron Downstream & Chemicals. "With the addition of the Pascagoula facility, Chevron will become the world's largest producer of premium base oil. Demand for this product is increasing in the U.S. and around the world, and Chevron is adding capacity to meet that demand."     

Construction is scheduled to be completed by year-end 2013.

"Many communities are trying to attract world-class, long-lasting manufacturing projects. Now this one is a reality in Pascagoula," said Tom Kovar, general manager of Chevron's Pascagoula refinery. "Chevron's significant investment will benefit both the company and the community. The project will help us grow our business and provide an enormous boost for the local economy."

PBOP will roughly double Chevron's premium base oil production. The company currently manufactures premium base oil at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., and a joint venture facility in Yeosu, Korea.  Premium base oil produced in Pascagoula is intended to serve markets in North America, Latin America and Europe. In addition to motor oil, base oil is also used to make lubricants for high-tech machinery and equipment used in the commercial and industrial sectors of the economy.

The base oil facility will use Chevron's ISODEWAXING technology. Chevron began using ISODEWAXING commercially in 1993, resulting in higher yields and enabling a broader range of crude oil to be used in the manufacturing process.  About two thirds of the world's premium base oil is manufactured with this technology.

As Chevron's largest wholly-owned refinery, the Pascagoula facility has a work force of 1,610 and processes up to 330,000 barrels per day of crude oil to produce gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other products. The refinery began operating in 1963.

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Some of the items discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements about Chevron's downstream activities at its Pascagoula refinery. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "schedules," "estimates," "budgets" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The statements are based upon management's current expectations, estimates and projections; are not guarantees of future performance; and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the company's control and are difficult to predict. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are changes in prices of, demand for and supply of crude oil and natural gas; changing refining, marketing and chemical margins; actions of competitors or regulators; potential delays in the development, construction or start-up of planned projects; the potential disruption or interruption of production and manufacturing facilities due to war, accidents, political events, civil unrest, or severe weather; government-mandated sales, divestitures, recapitalizations and changes in fiscal terms or restrictions on scope of company operations; and general economic and political conditions. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Chevron undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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