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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

Metalworking Paces Additive Growth

Global volume demand for lubricant additives grew approximately 1 percent in 2017 after increasing an average of 2.6 percent annually from 2014 to 2016, according to a report from Kline & Co. The firm said growth decreased because of a tightening regulatory framework that includes chemicals and biocides regulations in the European Union.

Foreigners Localize More Production in Russia

End user perceptions of differences in the quality of Russian and foreign-branded motor oil are narrowing, and the manufacturers of foreign brands have ramped up output within the country, lowering prices for mass market lubes, a consultancy found.

Russian Lube Demand on Downward Path

Russian finished lubricants demand was sluggish over the past few years because of an economic recession in the country, and consumption has not returned to 2014 levels yet, a consultancy found.

Is Russia Banning Lube Exports to Ukraine?

The Russian government last month banned exports of petrochemical products, including lubricants and slack waxes, to Ukraine. Some industry insiders called it worrisome for Russian lube suppliers while others said the rules are vague and do not clearly show what is embargoed.

SK, Taif Said to Talk Cooperation

Taif Group and a sister company of SK Lubricants met in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, last week to discuss the possibility of cooperating to have SK’s Zic-branded lubricants manufactured in the Russian city, a news site reported last week.

Serbian Base Oil Plan Shelved

Russian oil major Gazprom Neft confirmed that plans to build a base oil plant at a Novi Sad, Serbia, refinery owned by its subsidiary have been postponed indefinitely.

Rerefiner Avista Changes Ownership Structure

German base oil rerefiner Avista Oil AG changed its ownership structure after Bitburger Holding GmBH bought a 45 percent stake from two existing shareholders that are leaving the company.

Tatneft to Open New Lube Blending Plant

Tatneft plans to open a 200,000 tons per year lubricants blending plant at its Taneco refinery site in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, according to the company’s top officials.

Albania Base Oil Plant Idled

A refinery in Ballsh, Albania, and its associated API Group I base oil plant has been idled since January because of irregular crude oil supply.

STR Tecoil Oy Enters Russian Used Oil Market

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.

Rerefining Takes a Turn in Central Asia

Recycling and sustainability are buzzwords often heard in the West. Now they’re being discussed in Central Asia as waste oil processing takes off.

Slavneft Ramped Up Group III Output in 2018

Russian refining joint venture Slavneft reported that the API Group III portion of its Yaroslavl base oil plant ramped up to full production of 100,000 metric tons per year in 2018.

Serbian Blender Fam Acquired by Valvoline

Valvoline Inc. acquired Serbian lubricant blender Fam last week for €9.5 million (U.S. $10.7 million) in a bid to expand its presence in Eastern Europe.

Gazpromneft-Lubricants Sales Grew in 2018

Gazpromneft-Lubricants reported that its combined production of base oils and finished lubricants increased 21 percent in 2018 to 703,000 metric tons as domestic sales and exports both rose.