(EnergyAsia, August 12 2011, Friday) — Chevron Oronite has announced that it is planning to “significantly expand” the capacity of its existing additives plant on Jurong Island in Singapore by 2014.

Without disclosing the investment cost and size of expansion, the company said it is planning to increase component manufacturing, blending and shipping capacity and infrastructure to boost its total supply capability for the Asia-Pacific region.

The plant occupies a 20-hectare site on the Jurong Island chemical hub that is a convenient source of feedstock and utilities, and is served by a private jetty to accommodate vessels of up to 40,000 dead-weight tonnage. Operated with an advanced distributed control system, it has a fully-equipped laboratory to monitor the quality of raw materials as well as finished products.

Andy Tugendhat, the company’s vice president of sales, said:

“Our Singapore plant, already the largest additives plant in the Asia Pacific region, was built to support the growing Asia Pacific market. The proposed project will help us meet the anticipated volume growth in the region.”

Walt Szopiak, its regional general manager for manufacturing and supply, said:

“We are excited about this expansion in Singapore because it forms the apex of a long process of upgrading this particular facility. 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.”

Chevron Oronite serves customers in the Asia-Pacific region through a joint venture manufacturing plant in Chennai in India as well as a blending plant in Omaezaki in Japan. It maintains sales offices throughout the region, including in major cities like Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and Mumbai.

An indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of US major Chevron Corporation, the company is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of fuel and lubricant additives, providing solutions to customers globally.

Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Chevron Oronite maintains three regional offices in Houston to oversee the Americas, Paris for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Singapore for the Asia-Pacific region. It owns and operates manufacturing sites in Belle Chasse, Louisiana (USA), Gonfreville (France), Singapore, and Mauá (Brazil); a blending plant in Omaezaki, Japan; and affiliated manufacturing sites in India and Mexico.