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.
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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.
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 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.
Hill Corp. recently finished building a used oil rerefinery and a small grease unit at its lubricant blending plant in Shymkent, in southern Kazakhstan. The company says these are the initial steps in the country’s fledgling industry for collection and processing of waste oils.
Russian chemical producer Orgkhim expanded its process oil production in Uren, Nizhny Novgorod, from 110,000 tons per year to 130,000 t/y by adding a test unit for production of extender process oils made from petrochemical wastes and base oils.
Europe has at last jumped on the fast-moving Group II bandwagon, one that started in the United States and has moved to Asia.
Just as in automobiles, the lubricants industry is helping to improve fuel economy of trains, partly by reducing viscosity of engine oils.
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.
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.
Shell, Lukoil and ExxonMobil were the three most popular engine oil brands in a recent survey of Russian motorists.
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.
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.
Boris Kamchev says internal combustion engines have got more mileage left than EV proponents would like us to think.
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.
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.