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Advanced Refining Technologies to Expand
Catalyst Production Capacity

Monday September 12, 4:30 pm ET

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005--Advanced Refining Technologies LLC (ART), has announced plans to expand hydroprocessing catalyst production capacity by approximately 30% at its Chicago, Illinois site, which is operated by W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn (Grace). ART, a global developer and supplier of hydroprocessing catalysts used by petroleum refiners, is a joint venture of Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and the Davison Chemicals business unit of Grace, a subsidiary of W. R. Grace & Co.

The expansion has been prompted by increased global demand for high performance petroleum hydroprocessing catalysts, driven by the enactment of clean fuels regulations in various countries. Petroleum refiners use ART's catalysts to remove sulfur and other contaminants from petroleum to produce more environmentally friendly transportation fuels.

This expansion follows a series of Six Sigma productivity initiatives that have increased production capacity at ART's Curtis Bay, Maryland and Lake Charles, Louisiana, manufacturing sites. In addition to this capacity expansion, ART is examining all options to further increase long-term catalyst supply including a new world scale manufacturing facility.

Industry demand for the latest generation of the SmART Catalyst System(TM), ART's technology to produce ultra low sulfur diesel, and for the ApART(TM) system, ART's technology for deep desulfurization of fluid cracking catalyst feeds and lower sulfur gasoline, are driving ART's capacity expansion plans. The demand for catalysts to hydroprocess residual oils, where ART has historically held a market and technology leadership role with ICR® and HOP(TM) products, is also a reason for this expansion of capacity.

"These efforts demonstrate our commitment to our customers in the global petroleum refining industry by expanding our ability to offer our premier hydroprocessing technologies in time to meet new clean fuels regulations," said Robert H. Bullard, Managing Director of ART. "We intend to continuously improve our customer service and to provide the products our customers want, at the time they want them, and with reduced lead times."

Source: W. R. Grace & Co.

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