History

1980 Chevron Corporation acquires rights to develop L-zeolite reforming(Aromax® Technology)
1981-1988

Catalyst preparation optimized
Catalyst manufacturing scale-up completed
Extensive testing in four pilot plants (yields, fouling rates, process conditions, catalyst protection, procedures)

1989

Semi-works start up
Testing and development to address carburization issue

1992 Start-up of first commercial Aromax® Technology unit (Licensee)
1993 Start-up of world scale Aromax® Technology unit at Chevron Phillips Chemical's Pascagoula, Mississippi facility
1995 Retrofit of semi-regen reformer to Aromax® Technology at Chevron Phillips Chemical's Puerto Rico CORE facility
1999

Start-up of world scale Aromax® Technology unit at Saudi Chevron Phillips Chemical; commercialization of second generation Aromax® Catalyst:

  • Superior performance with heavier feedstocks
  • Capital / operating cost reductions
2000-2003 Catalyst development and optimization
2004 Announcement of new licensee for Aromax® Technology with expected start up in 2006
2005 Chevron Phillips Chemical's Pascagoula, Mississippi facility converted to second generation Aromax® Catalyst