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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

Russian Lube Demand Grew in 2018

Russia’s lubricant market had a healthy year in 2018 thanks to growth of the overall economy, including several segments that are big consumers of lubricants.

Russian Base Oil Output on Upward Trend

Russia’s base oil production increased 3 percent in the first half of 2018, compared to 2017’s first half, and the trend was forecasted to continue for the rest of 2018 thanks to a surge in vehicle sales and increased base oil exports.

EU Modifies Lubes Ecolabel Standard

The European Union’s revised Ecolabel standard for lubricants that took into effect in early November provides new criteria to include functionality instead of composition and establishes sub-groups for lube products, according to a European Commission official.

Gazprom Installs Square Storage Tanks

In English, square is slang for old-fashioned and out of touch, but in Russia Gazpromneft-Lubricants says that square tanks are an innovative way to improve efficiency in base oil and lubricant storage.

Last Word

Boris Kamchev says internal combustion engines have got more mileage left than EV proponents would like us to think.

EV Impact Could Rise After 2027

Electric vehicles will make a more noticeable impact on passenger car motor oil demand from 2027 onwards when sales come to depend on market forces – including shared mobility applications – and less on government incentives, an industry observer told ACI’s European Base Oils & Lubricants Interactive Summit in Florence, Italy.

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.