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Calcined Petroleum Coke

Approximately 23 percent of worldwide petroleum coke production, excluding China, is earmarked for calcined petroleum coke, a nearly pure carbon source used primarily for industrial applications. Raw or “green” coke is passed
through rotary kilns, driving off unwanted moisture and volatiles. Calcined coke’s nearly pure quality makes it ideal for 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.

While the aluminum industry consumes the bulk of calcined petroleum coke, the remaining 25 percent is used in such applications as providing a carbon source in the production of titanium dioxide, steel, and certain chemical processes. Calcined coke, for example, plays a critical role in creating the graphitized electrodes needed for electric arc steel furnaces.

Oxbow is the largest and most diversified producer/marketer of calcined petroleum coke globally with calcining plants in North and South America as well as an equity investor and exclusive marketer of calcined coke produced by Petroleum Coke Industries, Inc. (PCIC) in Kuwait. In addition, Oxbow provides value added services such as screening and packaging from locations in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Egypt and Mexico.




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 CPC. Port Arthur is also the site of the Company’s primary laboratory and testing facility. Located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Port Arthur facility receives RPC from Gulf Coast and international oil refiners and serves domestic and international anode and industrial grade CPC markets by truck, rail, barge or ship.
Number of Kilns: 4
Annual Capacity: 700,000 ST
Transportation: Truck, Rail, Barge, Ship


Enid, Oklahoma
The Enid facility operates three kilns and has the capacity to produce 500,000 short tons per year of anode and industrial grade CPC. Enid’s 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 CPC market. The Enid facility acquires its RPC primarily from mid-continent oil refineries and serves the U.S. anode and industrial grade CPC markets. Enid has the capability both to directly receive and ship RPC and CPC by truck or rail. Additionally, transfers to barge can be made from rail and truck.
Number of Kilns: 3
Annual Capacity: 500,000 ST
Transportation: Truck, Rail, to Barge


Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Baton Rouge facility currently has the capacity to produce 700,000 short tons per year of anode and industrial grade CPC. Built in the mid-1960s, the facility has the capability to receive RPC by truck, rail, barge or ship from both U.S. and international oil refiners. Located two miles from the Mississippi River, the facility is able to ship CPC by truck, rail, barge or ship to both U.S. and international anode and industrial grade CPC customers.
Number of Kilns: 4
Annual Capacity: 700,000 ST
Transportation: Truck, Rail, Barge, Ship


La Plata, Argentina (Copetro)
The La Plata facility has the capacity to produce 440,000 short tons per year of anode grade and industrial grade CPC. 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 CPC markets via truck, rail or ship. The La Plata facility is less than two miles from an oil refinery operated by Repsol YPF which produces one of the Western World’s largest supplies of desirable, low sulfur RPC. The La Plata facility’s efficient logistics allow it to cost-effectively serve local Argentine and international CPC markets.
Number of Kilns: 2
Annual Capacity: 440,000 ST
Transportation: Truck, Rail, Ship


Lemont, Illinois
The Lemont facility operates two rotary kilns, producing 260,000 tons of anode and industrial grade CPC. Located near the Citgo Lemont Refinery, approximately 25 miles southwest of Chicago, the facility employs 70 people. The facility provides bulk materials, handling, crushing and sizing equipment. Its strategic location serves the domestic market, offering rail, truck and barge access. The company operate with pyroscrubbers, waste-heat boilers, bag houses in order to comply with the strictest environmental protection laws.
Number of Kilns: 2
Annual Capacity: 260,000 ST
Transportation: Rail, Truck, Barge

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