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Calcining

Overview

Calcined petroleum coke's nearly pure quality makes it ideal for use by the aluminum industry, which accounts for nearly 75 percent of the world's calcined coke consumption. For every pound of aluminum produced, about 0.4 pounds of carbon anode are consumed. Oxbow is the largest and most diversified producer and marketer of calcined petroleum coke globally, with calcining plants in North and South America as well as an equity investment in, and exclusive marketing rights to the calcined coke produced by, Petroleum Coke Industries Company (PCIC) in Kuwait.

Port Arthur, Texas

The Port Arthur facility began operations in 1935, and has the capacity to produce 700,000 short tons per year of anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke. Port Arthur is also the site of the Companyís primary laboratory and testing facility. Located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Port Arthur facility receives raw petroleum coke from Gulf Coast and international oil refiners. The facility serves domestic and international anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke markets by truck, rail, barge and oceangoing vessels. Improvements in technology and automation continue to allow the facility to run efficiently and competitively.

Enid, Oklahoma

The Enid calcining facility operates three kilns, and has the capacity to produce 500,000 short tons per year of anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke. Enidís three kilns were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the mid-1990s, the company modernized and automated its crushing facilities at Enid to more effectively serve the U.S. industrial grade calcined petroleum coke market. The Enid facility acquires its raw petroleum coke primarily from mid-continent oil refineries, and serves the U.S. anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke markets. Enid has the capability to directly receive and ship raw petroleum coke and calcined petroleum coke by rail and truck. Additionally, transfers to barges can be made from rail and truck.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Baton Rouge facility has the capacity to produce 700,000 short tons per year of anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke. Built in the mid-1960s, the facility is capable of receiving raw petroleum coke by truck, rail, barge and ship from domestic and international oil refiners. Located two miles from the Mississippi River, the facility transports calcined petroleum coke by truck, rail, barge and ship to U.S. and international anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke customers. The facility has four rotary kilns to process green petroleum coke into both anode and industrial product grade calcined coke.

La Plata, Argentina

The La Plata calcining facility has the capacity to produce 440,000 short tons per year of anode grade and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke. The La Plata facility was constructed in 1982 with a single kiln, and a second kiln was added in 1998. The facility has the capability to serve South American and international anode and industrial grade calcined petroleum coke markets by truck, rail and ship. The La Plata facility is located less than two miles from an oil refinery operated by YPF, which produces a large supply of desirable, low sulfur raw petroleum coke. The La Plata facilityís efficient logistics allow it to cost-effectively serve local Argentine and international calcined petroleum coke markets.




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