DOE Conducts Energy Assessment at Chemical Catalyst Facility

September 12, 2006

DOE announced on September 12th that it is conducting a three-day industrial Energy Saving Assessment at the W.R. Grace facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Grace is a specialty chemicals and materials company specializing in catalysts and silica, construction, and container products. The Lake Charles plant produces fluid-cracking and hydroprocessing catalyst products used by the petroleum refining industry. Fluid-cracking catalysts are used to "crack" the hydrocarbon chain in distilled crude oil to produce fuels such as gasoline and diesel, as well as other petroleum-based products. Hydroprocessing catalysts are used to remove impurities such as nitrogen, sulfur, and heavy metals from heavy oils so they can be made into lighter, more useful products. See the DOE press release and the W.R. Grace Web site.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 33 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 energy-intensive manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. The first 118 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $292 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 31.4 trillion Btu per year, which is more than the amount used by 436,000 U.S. homes. The results of many of these industrial Energy Saving Assessments are now available on the "Save Energy Now" Web site, provided by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program. See the "Easy Ways to Save Energy" Web site.