Chevron Oronite is committed to making improvements to its facilities that make a difference in how we consume energy, manage carbon emissions and handle waste product.
Here are some examples of how we promote sustainability in our business.
Today's auto manufacturers are continuously looking for ways to deliver more efficient vehicles. Turbocharged, direct injection technologies are examples of reducing fuel consumption by creating smaller engines, while still delivering as much or more power than their larger predecessors. However, with these new technologies come new operating challenges. For instance, these engines operate at high loads at low engine speeds, resulting in high pressure and high temperature in the cylinders – challenges that can cause significant engine damage as a result of low speed pre-ignition (LSPI). LSPI is a condition where the fuel/air mixture ignites before the spark plug is fired, resulting in very high cylinder pressures and temperatures, possibly leading to severe and even catastrophic engine damage. Typical engine oils can be a significant contributor to LSPI, but with careful reformulation, engine oils can help significantly reduce or even eliminate the LSPI phenomenon. Oronite additive solutions for passenger car engines such as OLOA® 55516, OLOA® 55600 and OLOA® 54720, are examples of products that enable more efficient engine technology with less fuel consumption by helping reduce LSPI compared with GF-5/SN oils.
The production of high overbased (HOB) sulfonate, a detergent used in additive packages, creates a sludge-type waste. With new technology using decanters in the production process, Oronite has been able to recycle more of the waste material, reducing the solid byproducts at its plant in Gonfreville, France, by about 4,000 metric tons per year. Previously, this sludge waste was sent off site to be incinerated. By managing the waste on site, Oronite reduced the raw material carbon footprint of sulfonate production by approximately 16 percent. Soon, this method will be extended to the carboxylate production units in both Gonfreville and Singapore to promote further waste reduction at its plants.
Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, cited Oronite as an example of a company that can pursue both growth and environmental sustainability, and noted that it had achieved “annualized energy savings of $1.8 million and a carbon abatement of 4,800 tonnes by installing new equipment,” according to The Straits Times article (3/20/18). “The improvements referenced included a waste heat boiler and mechanical vapor recompression system installed as part of the Carboxylate Expansion Project,” said Kathiresan Marimuthu, who was the project engineering manager. The Singapore Parliament recently passed a bill which will require all facilities producing 25,000 MT or more of greenhouse gas emissions in a year to pay a carbon tax starting in 2019.
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