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Asia Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Asia - October 15, 2021

Logistical issues, port congestion and energy supply shortages continued to affect the supply chain in Asia, forcing som ...

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Vertex Sale to Safety-Kleen Progresses

Lube Report Americas - October 13, 2021

Vertex Energy shareholders voted in favor of its proposed sale of used motor oil collection and recycling assets – inc ...

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U.S. Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Americas - October 13, 2021

Market fundamentals were largely stable, although spot prices for the light viscosities continued to be exposed to downw ...


U.S. Imports & Exports of Base Oils

(in thousands of barrels)

Month Imports Exports
Jul 2021 702 3,038
Jun 2021 1,534 3,728
May 2021 1,886 3,360
Apr 2021 1,460 2,902
Mar 2021 1,141 3,250
Feb 2021 1,039 2,601
Jan 2021 1,578 2,916
Dec 2020 1,046 3,080
Nov 2020 1,230 2,928
Oct 2020 1,652 3,370
Sep 2020 986 3,098
Aug 2020 790 3,450

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin

U.S. Refinery Base Oil Production

(in thousands of barrels)

Month Paraffinic Naphthenic
Jul 2021 4,713 902
Jun 2021 4,868 800
May 2021 4,661 905
Apr 2021 4,182 803
Mar 2021 3,701 759
Feb 2021 2,830 608
Jan 2021 4,357 797
Dec 2020 4,596 700
Nov 2020 4,660 789
Oct 2020 4,280 759
Sep 2020 3,829 640
Aug 2020 3,877 716

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin


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ExxonMobil to Raise High-vis PAO Capacity

Lube Report Americas - October 13, 2021

ExxonMobil Synthetics today announced plans to expand the production capacity of its metallocene high viscosity polyalph ...

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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report EMEA - October 12, 2021

Lube Report temporarily publishes Ray Masson’s column every other week. His EMEA Base Oil Price Report will appear aga ...

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Sinopec Starts Dormant Group II Plant

Lube Report Asia - October 8, 2021

Sinopec has finally started up an API Group II base oil unit at its Yanshan Petrochemical refining complex, eight years ...

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Asia Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Asia - October 8, 2021

More moderate base oil demand, coupled with increased output, continued to exert downward pressure on spot pricing in As ...

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U.S. Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Americas - October 6, 2021

With logistics gradually recovering after the recent hurricanes on the United States Gulf Coast, buyers and sellers turn ...

U.S. Base Oil Output Shrank in July

U.S. Base Oil Output Shrank in July

Lube Report Americas - October 6, 2021

Base oil output in the United States retreated in July, dipping slightly below the level produced in June and falling be ...

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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report EMEA - October 5, 2021

European, Middle Eastern and African base oil markets are steady with only marginal erosion to prices across the various ...

Chevron Buys Neste Base Oil Business

Chevron Buys Neste Base Oil Business

Lube Report EMEA - October 5, 2021

Neste has agreed to sell its API Group III business to Chevron, the companies announced Monday, a deal that expands Chev ...

Rekindling the Flame

Rekindling the Flame

Lubes'n'Greases - October 4, 2021

U.S. Base Oil Production Continues on the Path to Recovery The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on United States base ...

Base Oil Report: Pricing

Base Oil Report: Pricing

Lubes'n'Greases - October 4, 2021

In the Eye of the Storm One of the unrelenting concerns for base oil market participants over the past several months ...

Base Oil Report: Trends

Base Oil Report: Trends

Lubes'n'Greases - October 4, 2021

A Time of Transition   The past 18 months have not been particularly wonderful for the active industries involve ...

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Asia Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Asia - October 1, 2021

While the number of COVID-19 cases has started to fall in many countries, leading to a relaxation of pandemic-related re ...

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U.S. Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Americas - September 29, 2021

Ergon announced a naphthenic base oils price increase this week, joining other producers who have lifted values on the b ...

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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report EMEA - September 28, 2021

Lube Report temporarily publishes Ray Masson’s column every other week. His EMEA Base Oil Price Report will appear aga ...