The Chocolate Bayou linear alpha olefins (LAO) Plant at Alvin, Texas began operating in 2019. A 420,000 metric-ton per year facility incorporates world-leading, proprietary technology in the production of linear alpha olefins. The plant is adjacent to INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA petrochemical complex, which provides it with various utilities and services.
LAOs are a family of chemical intermediates used in the production of other chemicals and final products. Although butene is a gas at room temperature, the primary products, 1-hexene, 1-octene and 1-decene, are typically clear, colorless, water-white liquids. These are normally produced and sold as single carbon cut olefin products but are often blended to meet customer requirements.
LAOs are used in the production of polyethylene, as raw material to manufacture polyalphaolefins (PAO) for synthetic lubricants, as a building block for the production of surfactants and for a host of other intermediate and final products. Some of INEOS' LAOs are marketed as Amodrill® drilling fluids for use in environmentally friendly drilling muds.
Address: 2 miles south of the intersection of FM2917 and FM2004, Alvin, TX 77511, USA