highlights of operations
In the Netherlands, Chevron is operating a lubricants marketing and retail business as well as a research center for the development of additives. We conduct business under our subsidiaries Chevron Netherlands B.V. and Chevron Oronite Technology B.V.
Rotterdam is the global technology center for marine lubricant additives research for our Chevron Oronite subsidiary. The laboratory also is responsible for engine oil additive development for the Europe, Africa and Middle East region.
Chevron manufactures lubricants in neighboring Ghent, Belgium, and an experienced sales force markets lubricants to customers in the Netherlands, directly and through a network of distributors. We also sell marine lubricants in the Rotterdam port to seagoing vessels.
marketing and retail
From our offices in Rotterdam, our subsidiary Chevron Netherlands B.V. markets lubricants, coolants and fuel treatments under the Texaco®, Havoline®, Ursa®, Delo® and Techron® brands directly to consumer, commercial and industrial customers and through authorized distributors.
We also market lubricants for marine markets. Chevron’s lubricants are predominantly based on Group II Premium Base Oils, imported from our own refineries in the United States. Chevron is the world’s leading producer of these base oils.
Our subsidiary Chevron Oronite Technology B.V runs the Rotterdam Technology Laboratory, where we conduct lubricant oil additive research.
The facility includes an engine test laboratory that focuses on testing automotive and large marine diesel engine additives. The lab meets the engine oil development needs of Oronite® additive customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The Rotterdam facility also is the global technology center for Oronite marine lubricant additives research.
record of achievement
Chevron’s work in the Netherlands began more than a century ago.
Texaco, which later merged with Chevron, started operations in the Netherlands around 1902. After World War II, we started selling fuel under the Caltex® brand.
We began onshore exploration activities in the Netherlands in 1962. This led to the 1967 award of the Akkrum concession, which produced natural gas for more than 30 years before the field was decommissioned in 2003. The rural site was restored to its original state and reclaimed for agricultural use.
In 2005, Chevron acquired Unocal and its interests in the Netherlands. The company had been active in the country since the mid-1960s.
Also in 2005, Chevron and our partners were granted production licenses enabling development of the A/B shallow gas fields in the Dutch North Sea. A central processing platform and an export pipeline were installed in Block A12 in 2007. In 2011, the unmanned B13 satellite platform began production.
In 1982, first oil was produced from the Helder and Helm platforms in Block Q1 of the Dutch sector. Chevron celebrated the 30th anniversary of this significant milestone in 2012.
In November 2014, Chevron divested its exploration and production interests in the Dutch sector of the North Sea and sold its Chevron Transportation business.
health, environment and safety
Chevron’s Operational Excellence Management System, which aims to improve safety, environmental and health performance every day, is woven into every aspect of our operations.
Chevron employs Stop-Work Authority, a policy that establishes the responsibility and authority of any individual to stop work without repercussion when an unsafe condition or act could result in an undesirable event.
the economy and technology
Chevron contributes to the economy of the Netherlands through lubricant and fuel-additive research and as an employer.
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