Avista Oil AG and a United Kingdom-based used oil collector formed a joint venture to build a rerefinery in Denmark at the site of an Avista facility damaged by a fire in July 2017. The new rerefinery will produce API Group I base oil, and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Finnish rerefiner STR Tecoil Oy plans to start collecting and processing waste lubricants to produce base oils in Russia, the company confirmed to Lube Report.
The Middle East may be finally kicking its monograde engine oil dependence, but dealing with the disposal of low-grade used oil could galvanize an increase in rerefining plants across the region, an industry insider said.
The non-profit organization that manages the recycling of used lubricants in Spain raised its subsidy for oil collection and rerefining by 17 percent during the second quarter in order to offset declining base oil prices.
Hill Corp. recently finished building a used oil rerefinery and a small grease unit at its lubricant blending plant in Shymkent, in southern Kazakhstan. The company says these are the initial steps in the countrys fledgling industry for collection and processing of waste oils.
Geoffrey Ssekatawa, founder of Uganda-based Brent Technologies Ltd., received the African Entrepreneurship Award for pioneering a homegrown technology for rerefining used engine oils.
African rerefiners agree that overcoming skeptical public perception of their rerefined base oils is a significant hurdle to growth. However, they debated about other factors - such as working with multinational companies and choosing the best production process - during a panel discussion at an industry conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Turkish waste oil collector Tayras announced that it is building an API Group II rerefinery with enough capacity to process 20 percent of the used lubricants that the country generates. The company claims it will be the countrys first rerefinery.
Africa recycles less of its used lubricants into base oils than other regions, and several obstacles stand in the way of increasing that amount, industry officials said at a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, last month.
Seventy-two percent of waste oil generated in Spain in 2018 was refined into base stocks, according to a recent annual progress report by Sigaus, a non-profit organization that manages the countrys recycling of used lubricants.
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