Boris Kamchev

BORIS@LUBESNGREASES.COM

Staff Writer - Boris is a staff writer focused on Eastern Europe, Russia and the ex-Soviet lubricant industry. Prior to joining Lubes’n’Greases in 2010, Boris was a Russia-based reporter for several Macedonian news outlets. He had a 16-month stint as a business reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and contributed analyses to an English-language outlet of RIA Novosti, a Russian state news agency. Boris often travels to St. Petersburg, Washington, D.C. and Skopje. Recently, he has also begun a part-time engagement as a foreign correspondent for North Macedonia’s state news agency, MIA.

Recent Articles

Naftan Aims for More Group III

Naftan Aims for More Group III

Naftan wants to upgrade base oil production at its refinery in Novopolotsk, Belarus, by increasing output of API Group I …

EU Extends Group II Import Quota

EU Extends Group II Import Quota

A year after its initial implementation, the European Union has extended for six more months its duty and 200,000 metric …

Survey Suggests Setback in Russian Market

Survey Suggests Setback in Russian Market

A December survey of lubricant suppliers in Russia showed their outlook on their business took a downturn from September …

2020: Year of Pandemic and Much More

2020: Year of Pandemic and Much More

For the lubricants industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 2020 was dominated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pan …

Small Rerefinery Opens in Russia’s Far East

Small Rerefinery Opens in Russia’s Far East

A small API Group I base oil rerefinery opened last week in Amur Oblast in the Russian Far East, the region’s governme …

Pandemic Cuts Russia Base Oil Exports

Pandemic Cuts Russia Base Oil Exports

Russia base oil exports are expected to drop 12% this year, a European trader forecasts, because of a drop in demand cau …

Russian Survey Highlights Top Oils

Russian Survey Highlights Top Oils

Shell, Lukoil and ExxonMobil remained the most popular motor oil brands in Russia in 2020, as they were two years ago, a …

Russian State Plans Tiny Rerefinery

Russian State Plans Tiny Rerefinery

The government of a sparsely populated Russian district is promoting development of a tiny waste oil rerefinery as part …

Taneco Prepares to Add 6 CentiStoke Oil

Taneco Prepares to Add 6 CentiStoke Oil

Russian oil major Tatneft’s Taneco refinery overhauled several units as part of a project aimed at enabling it to mak …

Gazprom Takes Over Serbia Plant

Gazprom Takes Over Serbia Plant

Gazpromneft-Lubricants has taken control of and plans to expand NIS’s blending plant in Novi Sad, Serbia, to boost its …

Ukraine Tightens Tracking of Lubes, Base Oils

Ukraine Tightens Tracking of Lubes, Base Oils

Ukraine has added a layer to its border control of base oil and lubricant imports in an effort to curb the illegal mixin …

Omsk Refinery Makes Calcium Sulfonate

Omsk Refinery Makes Calcium Sulfonate

Gazprom Neft is continuing with a project to add API Group II and III capacity to it refinery in Omsk, Russia, but the s …

Low-BN Cylinder Oils Fall Short of the Goal

Low-BN Cylinder Oils Fall Short of the Goal

In effect since the start of the year, the International Marine Organization’s 2020 international convention was impl …

Russia Market Forecast to Stay Depressed

Russia Market Forecast to Stay Depressed

Russia’s finished lubricant demand will decline 4% to 1.64 million tons in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s n …

Russia Softens Ban on Exports to Ukraine

Russia Softens Ban on Exports to Ukraine

Russia last week relaxed a ban on exports of base oils, lubricants and other petroleum products to Ukraine, stepping bac …

Survey Shows Improving Russia Outlook

Survey Shows Improving Russia Outlook

An increasing number of Russian lubricant market participants report that demand is rebounding from the impacts of the C …

Prista Owners Battle Charges in Bulgaria

Prista Owners Battle Charges in Bulgaria

The co-owners of lubricant marketer Prista Oil have been charged by Bulgarian authorities with waste mismanagement and c …

In Russia, Clawing Back from Lockdown

In Russia, Clawing Back from Lockdown

Lukoil’s LLK International and Total’s subsidiary in Russia both suffered setbacks due to the country’s COVID-19 l …