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Site Leased for Rerefinery in Western Canada

Gen III Oil Corp. intends to start construction this summer on a rerefinery that will make API Group II and III base oils at a leased site in Bowden, Alberta, Canada.

Warren Distribution Adds Plant in Houston

Warren Distribution completed and commissioned its fourth blending plant, located in Houston, with initial blending capacity of 8 million gallons, which can be scaled up to 20 million gallons with additional infrastructure investment.The private label blender cited Texas' explosive growth in business and population as a key factor.

New Grease Plant Starts Up in Kansas

A joint venture between Japanese grease maker Kyodo Yushi and its American partner Lubrication Engineers began operating a new grease plant in Wichita, Kansas, last week, Kyodo Yushi announced.

Oxea Details Carboxylic Acid Expansion Plans

Oxea released additional details yesterday about its previously discussed plan to increase production capacity of carboxylic acids, which are used for manufacturing lubricant esters. The German chemical maker said it will debottleneck and optimize production processes at existing facilities and then build another plant by 2021.

ExxonMobil to Add its First LAO Plant

Industry observers say a new linear alpha olefins unit that ExxonMobil expects to open in 2022 in Baytown, Texas, should reduce its reliance on competitors for LAO as a feedstock for making polyalphaolefins, though the company will likely remain an active buyer of LAO from merchant sellers.

BASF Expands Antioxidants Capacity

BASF increased lubricant antioxidant capacity at its Puebla, Mexico, site to keep up with growing demand for additives that lengthen the life of lubricants, the company announced last week. The new capacity of the facility was not disclosed, but the company did say production began last quarter.

Isla Refinery Could Restart After Settlement

Curacaos Isla Refinery is idle but has cleared one hurdle to resuming operation after current operator Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. reached a $2 billion settlement with ConocoPhillips on Aug. 20.

Shell Completes LAO Expansion

Shell Chemical LP completed an expansion that increased linear alpha olefin capacity at its Geismar, Louisiana, petrochemical refinery by 425,000 metric tons per year, the company announced Monday. The new unit began production last month.

Brazil Selling Refineries with Base Oils

Arguing that privatization will lead to cheaper energy products, the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced plans to sell 60 percent of the governments stakes in eight refineries operated by state-run oil company Petrobras. Two of those facilities include base oil plants.

Petronas Closes Argentina Plant

Malaysias Petronas Lubricants International recently closed its lubricant blending plant near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and canceled plans to build a larger plant, opting instead to contract with toll-blenders because of the country's ongoing economic crisis.
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