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Boris Kamchev

Boris Kamchev

Staff Writer

Boris Kamchev is a staff writer and Russia-based East European correspondent for LNG.

Prior to joining LNG, Boris was a Russia-based reporter for several Macedonian weekly magazines and newspapers.He had a 16-month stint as a business reporter for The St. Petersburg Times, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based English language newspaper. He also contributed analyses to Russia Profile, an English-language web-news service of RIA Novosti news agency.

Proficient in English, Russian, Macedonian and several other languages, he was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and holds a BA degree from his native Macedonia.  

Recent Articles

Internal Combustion Engines Called Enduring

For all of the hullabaloo about electric vehicles, the internal combustion engine – as well as the engine oils that they use – are not going anywhere anytime soon. Likewise, engine oils will continue to face requirements for innovation due to emerging technologies such as start-stop engines, other types of hybrids and increased power density of ICEs, according to an industry insider.

Russia Long Way From Adopting EVs and Hybrids

Although internal combustion engines are expected to remain dominant in Russia – where a preference for larger cars and lack of government subsidies hinder the growth of electric vehicles and hybrids – the country’s lubricant manufacturers seek opportunities abroad as they assess the shift towards EVs and hybrids elsewhere, industry insiders said.

Middle East Base Oil Exports on Upswing

The Middle East has become a prominent producer and net exporter of API Group II and Group III base oil, using its glut of over 2 million tons of material to cater to demand in India, North America and Western Europe, an industry insider said at a conference in Moscow.

Belarus’ Motor Oil Demand Stagnates

Motor oil demand in Belarus reached 32,000 metric tons in 2017, showing signs of stagnation after a peak in demand caused by the influx of imported cars in 2014 and 2015, a market study found. Development of Belarus’ vehicle fleet depends on its political relations with Russia, the report noted.

Russian Aftermarket Engine Oil Consumption Rises

Russian aftermarket motor oil consumption – the volume of engine oils used in passenger vehicles post-sale – amounted to 161 million liters during the July 2017 to July 2018 period, up 5.2 percent from the same period a year earlier, due to growth in miles driven, according to global consultancy Gipa.

Slow Growth for Russian Motor Oil Demand

Russia’s economy is forecast to continue slowly growing, and that should be enough to spur motor oil demand to increase at a compound annual rate of 1.6 percent through 2023, according to a market research firm.

Russian Group Calls for More Recycling

Russia generates approximately 1.2 million metric tons of waste lubricants annually, but only a fraction is recycled, so a Russian association is encouraging more of the practice.

Total Opens Blending Plant in Russia

Total unveiled its new lubricants blending plant in Kaluga, Russia, Monday, saying it will reduce reliance on imports and cut delivery times both domestically and in neighboring markets such as Belarus and Central Asian countries.

Synthetics Demand Stalls in Russia

Economic problems in Russia helped halt the rising penetration of synthetic engine oils in the country, an industry insider told a conference in Moscow last week.

Azmol-British Petrochemicals' Lubes Go Global

Joint venture Azmol-British Petrochemicals ramped up its production this year, with European automakers recommending its lubricants for their vehicles, and entered new markets for the first time since restarting operations in 2017, the company said.

Gazprom Introduces Packaging Line in Omsk

Gazprom Neft’s lubricant blending plant in Omsk, Russia, introduced a packaging line that increases filling capacity and boosts production efficiency, the company said last week.

Russia Braces for Fresh U.S. Sanctions

As Moscow faces new constraints on its hydrocarbons industry, the country’s lubricants business could also be damaged. To what extent is up for debate.

REACHing for Lube Additives

Some small-volume chemicals—like lube additives—may have slipped through the cracks of REACH registration in the EU, creating potential supply chain disruptions.

Weak Ruble Benefits Russian Lube Exports

Devaluation of the Russian ruble has helped boost base oil and finished lubricant exports from the country and is also helping shield against imports of the same products, according to industry insiders.