The European Parliament voted Wednesday to adopt stricter carbon dioxide emission standards for new cars and vans in the European Union after 2020 in an effort to put the EU on track to become climate neutral.
As global base oil capacity continues its shift from API Group I to Group II base oils - along with rapid growth in Group III - European blenders and Group I base oil producers are taking steps to adapt to the changes, an industry observer told ACIs European Base Oils & Lubricants Interactive Summit in Florence, Italy.
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association has delayed approval of its ACEA 2018 engine oil sequences because of work that still needs to be done on engine tests developed by the groups counterparts in North America.
Europes lubricant industry has fallen far behind in the development of base oil interchange and viscosity grade read-across guidelines but is now working to develop rules so oil companies can better cope with growing market complexity.
Oxea lifted the force majeure declaration for products from its plant in Oberhausen, Germany, where production units are running at normal capacity again following the restoration of synthesis gas production, the company announced Friday. A spokesman confirmed that affected products included two amines and one polyalcohol used in lubricants.
NextChem announced yesterday it was contracted by Sogis Chemical Co. to build a plant that will make oleic acid from residual fats. Oleic acids are intermediates used for production of biobased lubricants.
Russias Gazpromneft-Lubricants signed a lubricant toll blending agreement with Kuwait Petroleum Internationals Q8 Oil to increase its production volumes and presence in Europe.
Environmental impact testing following a Sept. 26 fire at Lubrizol Corp.s plant in Rouen, France, has found no abnormal levels of contaminants in the area around the facility, but skeptical residents have demanded more transparency from the company and government officials.
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.
A European Commission committee met on Sept. 6 to discuss whether to renew, amend or abolish a tariff exemption for API Group II base oil imports to the bloc. The waiver is set to expire in December, and ideas to implement a quota are under discussion.