Emeka Umejei

Emeka.Umejei@lubesngreases.com

Recent Articles

Africa’s Hybrid Lubricant Market

Africa’s Hybrid Lubricant Market

Africa’s lube market is split between aging autos using old school base oils and a younger fleet with a thirst for hig …

Nigerian Proposal Targets Substandard Lubes

Nigerian Proposal Targets Substandard Lubes

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council is considering adopting a policy that would crack down on sales of substandard lub …

NNPC Launches Lubes in Nigeria

NNPC Launches Lubes in Nigeria

Industry insiders said they expect state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. to make waves with its entry into the c …

Motor Oil Hellas, Naftal Partner in Algeria

Motor Oil Hellas, Naftal Partner in Algeria

Greek petroleum refiner Motor Oil Hellas, announced a 30 million euro investment to establish a joint venture blending p …

Lube Services Gain Traction in Africa Mines

Lube Services Gain Traction in Africa Mines

Several trends in Africas mining industry – including a skills shortage, environmental issues and contracting practices …

Africa Lags in Rerefining

Africa Lags in Rerefining

Africa recycles less of its used lubricants into base oils than other regions, and several obstacles stand in the way of …

The Wake of IMO 2020 Makes Rough Seas for Africa

The Wake of IMO 2020 Makes Rough Seas for Africa

The new sulfur cap is now in force and is stirring unease in the global shipping, marine fuel and base oil industries. A …

IMO 2020 Brings Increased Base Oil Freight Costs

IMO 2020 Brings Increased Base Oil Freight Costs

Compliance with the looming IMO 2020 will impact the cost of freight for African lubricant blenders, and some were advis …

Regs Modernize African Car Parcs

Regs Modernize African Car Parcs

Half of Africas 54 countries have passed legislation regulating imports of used vehicles – either banning them completel …

Free Trade Agreement Benefits African Blenders

Free Trade Agreement Benefits African Blenders

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement that went into force in May benefits Africas lubricants blenders by reducin …

Continental Shift Toward Naphthenics

Continental Shift Toward Naphthenics

Naphthenic base oil has long been touted as a replacement material for API Group I applications. But as capacity dwindle …

Marketing Matters

Marketing Matters

Emeka Umejei gets down and dirty with waste oil rerefining in Africa.

Lubricating Africas Mining Operations

Lubricating Africas Mining Operations

Mining is a major sector of the continents economy, contributing billions to GDP. It also operates on tight margins, and …

Lube Components from Human Waste?

Lube Components from Human Waste?

The lubricants industry has a well-established practice of rerefining waste oils into base stocks that are used to make …

Nigerian Blenders Demand Tariff Hike

Nigerian Blenders Demand Tariff Hike

The Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria asked the countrys government to raise the tariff on imported finished lu …

Nigerias State Oil Company to Enter Lubes Market

Nigerias State Oil Company to Enter Lubes Market

State-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. is entering the finished lubricant business, stating that it will commence …

Africa Caught Between Group I and II

Africa Caught Between Group I and II

While the transition from Group I to Group II in the Middle East is a major focus, Africa is another key market where th …

French Firm to Acquire Kenyan Lube Marketer

French Firm to Acquire Kenyan Lube Marketer

Authorities have approved Rubis’ proposed acquisition of KenolKobil, one of East Africas leading lubricant suppliers. Ru …