Paraffinic Group III

Kazakhstan to Make Group II, III
Mill workshop of mining and processing plant in Kazakhstan. Group II base oil is increasingly used in industrial lubricants. © Alexey Rezvykh

Kazakhstan to Make Group II, III

Lube Report EMEA - September 21, 2021

Kazakhstan is working on several new petrochemical refining projects carrying a combined price tag of U.S. $12 billion, ...

Poland’s Lotos to Add Group II, III

Poland’s Lotos to Add Group II, III

Lube Report EMEA - August 3, 2021

Lotos Group will spend 1.4 billion Poland zloty on investment projects in 2021, one of which includes modernization of i ...

Profits Up for S-Oil, Hyundai Shell

Profits Up for S-Oil, Hyundai Shell

Lube Report Asia - July 30, 2021

South Korean refiner S-Oil’s base oil business and Hyundai Shell Base Oil both reported large increases in profits and ...

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Closures Could Keep Base Oils Tight

Lube Report Asia - July 2, 2021

Although oil refineries should eventually ramp back up to normal operating levels, and while this should make more feeds ...

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S-Oil Ties up with Motiva

Lube Report Americas - June 23, 2021

Motiva Enterprises announced last week an agreement to market, sell and distribute in the North America API Group III ba ...

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IOCL Plans Another Base Oil Plant

Lube Report Asia - April 16, 2021

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. plans to build an API Group III base oil plant at its refinery in Panipat – part of a broader ex ...

Total Pulls Plug on Gonfreville

Total Pulls Plug on Gonfreville

Lube Report EMEA - April 13, 2021

Total has decided to permanently close a base oil plant at its refinery in Gonfreville, France, as part of a project to ...

China Forecast to Continue Group III Imports

China Forecast to Continue Group III Imports

Lube Report Asia - April 9, 2021

Chinese refiners have opened several API Group III base oil plants in recent years, but for several reasons they do not ...

United States Base Oils Bounce Back?

United States Base Oils Bounce Back?

Lubes'n'Greases - April 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the United States base oil market during 2020. It was, as industry veteran Steph ...

PAO Springs Forward

PAO Springs Forward

Lubes'n'Greases - March 4, 2021

Polyalphaolefins are expensive, available from just a handful of producers and increasingly being replaced in automotiv ...

Gazprom Breaks Ground on Omsk Project

Gazprom Breaks Ground on Omsk Project

Lube Report EMEA - January 26, 2021

Russian oil major Gazprom Neft started construction last week on a modernization of an obsolete base oil plant at its re ...

Naftan Aims for More Group III

Naftan Aims for More Group III

Lube Report EMEA - January 19, 2021

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

Base Oil Prices Rode Rollercoaster in 2020

Base Oil Prices Rode Rollercoaster in 2020

Lube Report Americas - December 9, 2020

Base oil supply in the United States has been down throughout most of 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but prices h ...

Omsk Refinery Makes Calcium Sulfonate

Omsk Refinery Makes Calcium Sulfonate

Lube Report EMEA - November 10, 2020

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

U.S. Hits Lowest Base Oil Production Since Great Recession

U.S. Hits Lowest Base Oil Production Since Great Recession

Lubes'n'Greases - November 2, 2020

Refiners in the United States produced 25.9 million barrels of base oils in the first half of 2020—10% below what the ...

Redrawing the Map for Base Oils

Redrawing the Map for Base Oils

Lubes'n'Greases - November 2, 2020

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic was like a mighty gust of wind that blew asunder the many ships sailing the seas ...

SK Makes Group III from Plastics

SK Makes Group III from Plastics

Lube Report Asia - October 16, 2020

SK Innovation said Sunday that it has developed a process to make API Group III base stocks from pyrolysis oil extracted ...