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Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan

Executive Editor

Tim Sullivan is managing editor of Lube Report Asia, responsible for developing and managing the content and production of the company’s latest publication. He joined LNG in 2000 as an assistant editor and subsequently helped launch Lube Report and Lubes’n’Greases Europe-Middle East-Africa. 

Before joining LNG, Sullivan was a reporter with the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper in Strasburg, Va., responsible for business and regional news coverage. He holds a BA degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Recent Articles

Eni, OMV Buy Stakes in Adnoc

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. signed agreements Sunday selling a combined 35 percent stake in itself to Eni and OMV for a total of $5.8 billion. The companies said they intend to expand Adnoc operations, including its refining complex in Al Ruwais, United Arab Emirates, which has a base oil plant.

Oxea Details Carboxylic Acid Expansion Plans

Oxea released additional details yesterday about its previously discussed plan to increase production capacity of carboxylic acids, which are used for manufacturing lubricant esters. The German chemical maker said it will debottleneck and optimize production processes at existing facilities and then build another plant by 2021.

Marine Lube Market: Challenging But Growing

Marine lubricant marketers and their customers face several significant challenges in coming years, but the market is growing and still offers opportunities to new and existing suppliers, an industry insider said at a recent conference.

Marine Lube Market: Challenging But Growing

Marine lubricant marketers and their customers face several significant challenges in coming years, but the market is growing and still offers opportunities to new and existing suppliers, an industry insider said at a recent conference.

Uzbekistan Mulls GTL Base Stocks

Uzbekistan’s national oil and gas company said it met with a Chinese construction firm last month to discuss adding a base oil plant to a large gas-to-liquids project that the country is developing.

Ruisike Builds Rerefinery in China

Ruisike Co., a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Chery, began construction this month on a used lubricant rerefinery in Fanchang, Anhui province. The facility is expected to be completed in early 2020 and will have capacity to process 40,000 metric tons per year of used oil.

2018 Was Busy for Lubes Industry

This year was a busy one for the lubricant industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a high number of mergers and acquisitions and facilities investments. On top of that, 2018 also featured important trends in base oil trading patterns in all three regions.

Hengli Starts Group II/III Plant

Hengli Petrochemical Co. announced this month the start-up of a Northeast China refinery that includes a 540,000 metric ton per year API Group II and III base oil plant.

Tianhe Introduces Engine Oil Packages

Tianhe Chemicals reported last month that it has launched lubricant additive packages for passenger car engine oils meeting the API SN and SL sequences as part of its efforts to introduce more profitable products.

EV Sales Growing Fast, Unevenly

Global electric vehicle sales are growing rapidly from a small base but are concentrated to date in a handful of countries, including Scandinavia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, according to a new report from Lubes’n’Greases about EVs and their impact on lube markets.

Lithium Supplier Livent Conducts IPO

Livent, the former lithium business of chemical company FMC, raised $340 million this month in its initial public stock offering. The company’s growth plan is focused on catering to electric vehicles as the portion of lithium hydroxide destined for lubricating greases dwindles.

IHS: Crude Ripe for High Prices

Crude oil prices are more likely to maintain recent gains or continue rising than they are to decrease, an analyst told a lubricants conference yesterday in Palm Desert, California, citing looming United States sanctions against Iran’s oil petroleum industry and an already tight demand-supply balance.

Yip’s Buys Stake in Maintenance Chain

In a move intended to provide access to automobile maintenance providers, Yip’s Chemical Holdings announced Tuesday that it bought a minority stake in Damai, a start-up Chinese developer of maintenance shops.

Lukoil Focuses on Northwest China

The lubricant arm of Russian oil giant Lukoil amped up its entry into China last year by catering to an economic project that is extending westward out of China.

U.S. Base Oil Output Jumps

U.S. base oil refiners worked in high gear during the first half of 2018, producing nearly 34 million barrels of base stocks – the highest total in at least a quarter century, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Observers said that output is helping to saturate the market.