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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report EMEA - May 11, 2021

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

Fergana Refinery Up for Sale

Fergana Refinery Up for Sale

Lube Report EMEA - May 11, 2021

Uzbek authorities last week announced the government’s intention to sell the Fergana Oil Refinery LLC, the second-larg ...

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Asia Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Asia - May 7, 2021

Base oil prices continued on an upward trek in Asia, but buyers have grown increasingly cautious regarding volumes and p ...


U.S. Imports & Exports of Base Oils

(in thousands of barrels)

MonthImportsExports
Feb 20211,0392,601
Jan 20211,5782,916
Dec 20201,0463,080
Nov 20201,2302,928
Oct 20201,6523,370
Sep 20209863,098
Aug 20207903,450
Jul 20207473,147
Jun 20203272,657
May 20201,0681,885
Apr 20201,0241,916
Mar 20201,4353,844

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin

U.S. Refinery Base Oil Production

(in thousands of barrels)

MonthParaffinicNaphthenic
Feb 20212,830608
Jan 20214,357797
Dec 20204,596700
Nov 20204,660789
Oct 20204,280759
Sep 20203,829640
Aug 20203,877716
Jul 20204,183687
Jun 20203,670613
May 20203,372721
Apr 20203,906580
Mar 20203,906472

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin


Earnings Rise for Valvoline, HCC

Earnings Rise for Valvoline, HCC

Lube Report Americas - May 5, 2021

Valvoline posted higher sales and operating income for its fiscal quarter ending March 31, and Heritage-Crystal Clean’ ...

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U.S. Base Oil Output Retreats

Lube Report Americas - May 5, 2021

Disrupted by severe cold weather in Texas, base oil production in the United States fell back in February following two ...

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U.S. Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Americas - May 5, 2021

Ergon, Calumet and San Joaquin Refining will be increasing naphthenic base oil prices this week, joining Cross Oil, whic ...

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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report EMEA - May 4, 2021

The run-up for base oil prices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa slowed the past two weeks, but there are fe ...

Base Oil Report: Trends

Base Oil Report: Trends

Lubes'n'Greases - May 3, 2021

Base Oils Get Moving   By train, boat or automobile, North American base oil makers need to ship their pr ...

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Base Oil Report: Pricing

Lubes'n'Greases - May 3, 2021

Ready for a Change The first quarter of the year was certainly a challenge. Base oil producers dealt with unex ...

Profits Climb at S-Oil, Castrol India

Profits Climb at S-Oil, Castrol India

Lube Report Asia - April 30, 2021

Castrol India and South Korean refiner S-Oil both reported large increases in profits and revenue for the quarter ending ...

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Asia Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Asia - April 30, 2021

Market activity was dynamic in most markets in Asia, but the conclusion of transactions was hampered by a lack of availa ...

Equity Firm Buys 40% of SK

Equity Firm Buys 40% of SK

Lube Report Asia - April 30, 2021

The parent company of SK Lubricants on Wednesday announced an agreement to sell 40% of the business to a South Korean pr ...

Kansas City Southern Receives New Bid

Kansas City Southern Receives New Bid

Lube Report Americas - April 28, 2021

Canadian National Railway offered to buy Kansas City Southern railway for $33.7 billion last week, exceeding the $29 bil ...

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U.S. Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report Americas - April 28, 2021

A majority of base oil producers stepped out with price increase announcements this week. First out of the gate was Phil ...

Turkey Ramps Up Rerefined Oil Mandates

Turkey Ramps Up Rerefined Oil Mandates

Lube Report EMEA - April 27, 2021

Turkish lubricant marketers are preparing for new government regulations that mandate including rerefined base stocks in ...

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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report EMEA - April 27, 2021

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

Deal Reported for SK Stake

Deal Reported for SK Stake

Lube Report Asia - April 23, 2021

A South Korean investment firm has won the competition to buy a minority stake in SK Lubricants, according to local news ...