Biskra, Algeria-based Sarl Sopremac opened a lube oil blending plant in Algeria that has already begun production of multigrade motor oils and industrial lubricants.
The African lubricant market’s lack of an adequate quality control mechanism – particularly for its engine oil segment – has led to ongoing challenges for industry players, speakers said during a panel at an industry conference last month in Cape Town, South Africa.
Contrary to global trends, African demand for API Group I base oils will continue rising in coming years and the grade remain the dominant choice of the region’s lubricant market, an industry insider said at the ICIS African Base Oils and Lubricants Conference last month.
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.
Oman Trading International, a subsidiary of Oman Oil Marketing Co., inked an agreement with Kenya’s Hass Petroleum to sell the Muscat-based marketer’s range of lubricants in the East African country.
The European Union’s energy demand is projected to decline by 11 percent by 2040, Africa’s energy consumption is expected to jump by 128 percent, and the Middle East’s energy consumption will grow 54 percent, according to the 2018 BP Energy Outlook.