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George Gill

George Gill

Senior Editor, Lube Report

George@LubesnGreases.com

Office: +1 (703) 536-0800

George Gill is Lube Report senior editor, joining LNG in 2006. He is responsible for weekly production of the firm’s popular newsletter; he reports and writes news articles and edits stories and columns. He also contributes feature articles for the firm’s monthly magazines.

Prior to LNG, Gill was business editor at the Loudoun Times-Mirror, a weekly newspaper in Leesburg, Va. He wrote business features and news articles, and oversaw production of the newspaper’s business section. Gill holds a BA in English from George Mason University.

Recent Articles

ExxonMobil Completes Singapore Upgrade

ExxonMobil today announced that it completed an API Group II upgrade of one of its Singapore base oil plants and expects to supply the new output to customers in the third quarter this year.

ExxonMobil Completes Singapore Upgrade

ExxonMobil announced Wednesday that it completed an API Group II upgrade of one of its Singapore base oil plants and expects to supply the new output to customers in the third quarter this year.

Grease Production Edges Up in Europe

Lubricating grease production in Europe increased 1.2 percent in 2018, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institute’s annual production survey, which was released this week. Production at plants in Europe shifted to grease made with calcium soap thickeners and lithium soap complex, while the Middle East and Africa experienced an uptick in those made with complex lithium soap thickeners.

Grease Production Dips in North America

Lubricating grease production in North America declined 4.2 percent in 2018, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institute’s yearly survey, which was released this week. Production of greases made with aluminum soap and calcium soap thickeners showed growth, while those made with lithium soap and polyurea each experienced declines.

LSC Jamaica to Add Second Blending Plant

Lubricating Specialties Co. Jamaica Ltd. plans to expand its Rockfort, Jamaica, facility to add a lubricants blending plant – its second in the Caribbean island country – by the first quarter of 2020, a company official confirmed to Lube Report.

Calumet Sells Biosynthetic Technologies Stake

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. sold its year-old investment in Biosynthetic Technologies in March, according to Calumet’s first quarter earnings report. Biosynthetic Technologies is a startup that converts plant oils into synthetic base stocks using proprietary technology.

Steeper Loss, Higher Revenue for Hydrodec in 2018

London-based transformer oil rerefiner Hydrodec posted a $13.7 million overall loss for 2018, compared to a $4.3 million loss in 2017. However, it reported higher full-year revenue at $14.9 million, up 10.5 percent from $13.4 million in 2017.

Ecuador Aims to Recycle More Used Lubes

The government of Ecuador aims for the country to recycle 100 percent of its used lubricants and has vowed to guarantee new investments to permit installation of processing plants under a Ministry of the Environment agreement signed earlier this month.

Petronas Chemicals Buys BRB

Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd of Malaysia agreed to acquire Netherlands-based lube oil additive manufacturer BRB International B.V.’s holding company for €163 million (U.S. $182 million) in cash, according to a May 16 Petronas filing with the stock exchange of Malaysia.

Petronas Buys Lube Additive Maker BRB

Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd of Malaysia agreed to acquire Netherlands-based lube oil additive manufacturer BRB International B.V.’s holding company for €163 million (U.S. $182 million) in cash, according to a May 16 Petronas filing with the stock exchange of Malaysia.

U.S. Wind Power Capacity Grew in 2018

The United States’ wind power capacity grew 8 percent in 2018 to more than 96,400 megawatts, and demand from non-utility buyers grew a record amount, the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry announced last month.

Spain’s Lube Demand Rose in 2018

Spain’s lubricants demand increased 1.2 percent to 354,000 metric tons in 2018, marking its fifth consecutive year of growth, Spanish lubricants association Aselube said in an activity report based on data from its members. They account for more than 83 percent of the country’s total market.

ExxonMobil to Add its First LAO Plant

Industry observers say a new linear alpha olefins unit that ExxonMobil expects to open in 2022 in Baytown, Texas, should reduce its reliance on competitors for LAO as a feedstock for making polyalphaolefins, though the company will likely remain an active buyer of LAO from merchant sellers.

Fuchs’ Q1 Profits Drop

Independent lubricants blender Fuchs Petrolub SE reported that its earnings after tax declined for the first quarter of 2019, and revenues for the quarter were unchanged, compared to the same period in 2018.

Q1 Profits Up, Sales Down for Afton

Afton Chemical reported a higher operating profit and lower sales for the first quarter, compared to 2018’s first quarter results.