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Chevron Phillips's success in Beringen serves as model

Dec. 1, 2012, marked one year since Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (Chevron Phillips Chemical) acquired the polyalphaolefins (PAO) plant in Beringen, Belgium from Neste Oil NV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Neste Oil Corporation. The development and successful integration of the Beringen plant and its employees into the Chevron Phillips Chemical company’s culture has the company, and the employees in Beringen, beaming with pride over the progress made in the first year.

The addition of Beringen to Chevron Phillips Chemical’s portfolio provides the company with a global PAO manufacturing footprint and increases the company’s ability to serve a growing market. The Cedar Bayou Plant in Baytown, Texas is the company’s other PAO manufacturing site.

“Both the acquisition and integration of the Beringen facility is witness to the company’s strong desire to become the premier chemical company globally,” said Jay Bickett, PAO global business manager. “And what the management and employees have done to this point in the process is beyond remarkable. I am honored to have Beringen as part of our global PAO network and look forward to many more accomplishments in the coming years.”

Chevron Phillips Chemical has a long history of integrating new and existing facilities; in fact, Chervon Phillips Chemical was formed when Chevron Corporation and Phillips Petroleum Company, now Phillips 66, combined in 2000. Additionally, Chevron Phillips Chemical has successfully formed Middle East joint ventures for the design, construction and operation of world-class petrochemical facilities.

“The smooth assimilation is a result of a comprehensive integration plan that was prepared prior to the signing of the agreement,” said Benny Mermans, Europe and Africa region general manager. “The plan provided the framework for success, but the inspired effort of all the employees and the leadership of management is the real reason for the success.”

It also helped that the Beringen facility already had a strong safety culture with an excellent record in personnel and process safety. 2012 was an undeniable success from a safety perspective with no recordable injuries and no process safety events. Nonetheless, significant efforts are underway to make the Beringen PAO facility even better. Beringen plans to fully implement Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Operational Excellence standards to further strengthen current work processes and process safety across all levels of the facility.

“Integrating two cultures can be difficult,” Mermans said, “but from the first day, these employees have demonstrated a positive attitude to learn and apply Chevron Phillips Chemical processes and culture.  This has been done while keeping the positive aspects of the existing work culture. The combination of the two cultures has made Beringen a positive and productive work environment.”

The lessons learned and milestones achieved by Beringen mark the path for future growth opportunities.  Chevron Phillips Chemical’s new PAO plant in Belgium will pave the way to serve growing customer demand across the globe.