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Energy Efficiency Driving PAO Demand

11:59 AM MDT | October 7, 2011 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY

ExxonMobil Chemical says demand for high-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) is expected to grow at about 6%-8%/year for the foreseeable future, driving the company to invest in new capacity to produce the synthetic lubricant base stock. The company recently announced it plans to build a world-scale metallocene PAO (mPAO) plant at its Baytown, TX refining and chemical complex. “The driver for stronger demand is greater interest and importance of energy efficiency needed for industrial and automotive equipment,” says Habib Quazi, global v.p./synthetics at...

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