India-based Century Refineries broke ground last month on a $1.7 million rerefinery outside Bay City, Texas, with vacuum gas oil production slated to begin by April 2014.
The plant will initially produce VGO, light fuel and asphalt flux, along with base oils in the future, Century Refineries co-owner K.S. Bharadwaj told Lube Report. The company expects that during its first phase, the plant will rerefine around 8 million gallons of used motor oil per year. The company plans to release additional details about the plant later this week, Bharadwaj said.
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The plants components are being built in India, according to a Matagorda County Economic Development Corp. press release, and scheduled to arrive in the first week of February 2014. The company launched a rerefinery in Bengaluru, India, that began recycling and rerefining used hydraulic oils using vacuum distillation in 1997. The Bengaluru plant uses a high vacuum thin film technology and a wiped film evaporator process in its production of rerefined API Group I base oils.