The Chevron Pascagoula Refinery in Pascagoula, MS began processing crude oil on October 20, 1963. Currently, the refinery processes 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It is mainly used for the production of motor gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel. The refinery also manufactures other products in smaller quantities, including Liquefied Petroleum Gas, paraxylene and premium base oils used in high performance lubricants. Pascagoula Refinery employees work with the community to ensure the plant operates safely and efficiently. Chevron is not only committed to the safety of its employees, but also to the safety of contract workers, visitors and neighbors.
While working to maintain high quality and safety, it came to the attention of Chevron that a grate work platform was allowing water to drip through onto the equipment below. This was allowing water into a hydraulic system and causing contamination of hydraulic oil. Chevron needed something that was slip resistant, long lasting, low maintenance and solid to serve as a "roof" over the equipment to protect it from the excess water.