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Grace and Chevron Joint Venture, ART, to Build World-Class Catalysts Plant at Grace’s Lake Charles, LA Site

May 18, 2015
By Business Wire News


W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) today announced that Advanced Refining Technologies® (ART), the company’s joint venture with Chevron Products Company, will invest approximately $135 million to build a residue hydroprocessing catalyst plant and additional alumina capacity at the existing Grace manufacturing facility in Lake Charles, LA. Construction is expected to begin in late 2015 with completion anticipated in 2018.

An ever-increasing global push for bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading is leading to a significant increase in investment by refiners for fixed bed resid hydrotreating and ebullating bed resid hydrocracking process technologies. The new ART plant will be designed to meet the increased catalyst requirements for these units, which are licensed and already under construction.

“This will be a world-class, world-scale catalysts plant that is responding to strong global demand for ART’s industry-leading products for residue upgrading, capitalizing on the success of our licensing partner, Chevron Lummus Global,” said Fred Festa, Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are pleased that this investment with Grace will keep ART and Chevron at the forefront of hydroprocessing catalysis and technology,” said Mike Wirth, Chevron Executive Vice President, Downstream and Chemicals.

One of the largest refining catalysts plants in the world, Lake Charles represents a significant portion of Grace’s refining catalyst manufacturing capacity. Operating in Southwest Louisiana since 1953, the Lake Charles facility supplies major refiners around the globe. The 120-acre site consists of four major operations producing fluid cracking catalysts, hydroprocessing catalysts, and other intermediates.

Over the past six years, Grace has made capital investments of over $100 million at the Lake Charles facility. This includes an expansion to enable increased production of specialty aluminas, a key raw material in fluid cracking and hydroprocessing catalysts, and a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant.

About Grace

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and packaging materials; and specialty construction chemicals and building materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies, and Grace Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that improve the products and processes of our customer partners in over 155 countries around the world. Grace employs approximately 6,500 people in over 40 countries. Grace’s 2014 net sales were $3.2 billion. More information about Grace is available at

About ART

Advanced Refining Technologies® (ART) is a joint venture between subsidiaries of W. R. Grace & Co. and Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX). ART is a leading supplier of hydroprocessing catalysts and offers a complete portfolio of resid hydrotreating, hydrocracking and lubes hydroprocessing, and distillate hydrotreating catalyst technologies through its global manufacturing network. ART combines Grace’s materials science, manufacturing, marketing, and sales strength with Chevron’s extensive expertise in refining operations, catalyst technology and development, and leadership in process design and licensing to provide refiners with catalytic solutions that improve fuels quality and yields.

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