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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

Puma In, Petrobras Out at Argentina Plant

The new owner of a blending plant in Avellaneda, Argentina has entered a contract to make lubricants for Puma Energy, and that means the facility will no longer blend for Petrobras.

Nynas Launches Biobased Tire Oil

Nynas AB announced this month the introduction of a biobased rubber process oil, saying that it wants to accommodate the tire industry’s growing desire for sustainable products.

U.S. Base Oil Output Hits 20-year High

United States base oil producers made hay while the sun shined last year, taking advantage of a lack of disruptions to churn out 67.3 million barrels – the highest volume in two decades, according to newly released government data.

IMO 2020 Forecast to Impact Base Oils

Vessel operators and oil marketers are girding for the impacts that IMO 2020 will have on shipping and marine lubricants, but an industry analyst predicts the law will also affect base oils, raising odds of API Group I closings while padding profitability of refineries with Group II and III plants.

Europe Tackles Read-Across, Interchange

Europe’s lubricant industry has fallen far behind in the development of base oil interchange and viscosity grade read-across guidelines but is now working to develop rules so oil companies can better cope with growing market complexity.

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.