Installation of a new catalyst appears now to have been the secret behind a capacity expansion last year at S-Oil Corp.s giant base oil plant in Onsan, South Korea. A boost in output kept the facility neck-and-neck with Motivas base oil plant in Port Arthur, Texas, as the two largest base oil plants in the world.
S-Oil officials yesterday confirmed an April 14 announcement by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. that S-Oil installed ExxonMobils MSDW catalytic dewaxing technology on one of three production trains at the Onsan plant. Project Support Team Leader H.W. Shin said S-Oil changed the catalyst on the train last June to improve the quality of Group II oils it produces and to increase yields.
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