ExxonMobil starts blending center construction

ExxonMobil Port Allen Lubricants Plant recently broke ground on its previously announced new blending center for synthetic aviation oil.

It will manufacture products for worldwide distribution for aircraft engines.

ExxonMobil said in September it would invest $215 million to expand its chemical and lubricants plants in Baton Rouge and Port Allen, a move that will add 45 new jobs.

The capital expenditures and new jobs will be split about 70-30, with the bulk going to the Baton Rouge chemical plant and the smaller share being invested in the Port Allen lubricant blending plant.

Base stocks for the synthetic aviation lubricants will be manufactured in Baton Rouge, while the chemicals will be blended, packaged and stored in Port Allen.

The new facilities will replace an ExxonMobil aviation lubricants plant in Edison, N.J., which will shut down once production begins locally, the company said.

The new facility will be constructed to include several sustainable features like natural lighting panels to minimize interior lights during sunny days, water usage minimization and a comprehensive recycling program.