Disruptions

No Base Oil Plant Is an Island
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No Base Oil Plant Is an Island

Lubes'n'Greases - January 1, 2021

There are approximately 120 large fuels refineries worldwide that produce base oils as part of their overall product sl ...

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 ...

From the Upheaval: A Brave New Industry?

From the Upheaval: A Brave New Industry?

Lubes'n'Greases - October 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the lubricants industry, but it’s not the only factor forcing industry players to c ...

New Grease Spec Coming to Market

New Grease Spec Coming to Market

Lube Report Americas - September 2, 2020

The National Lubricating Grease Institute will publish details of its new High Performance Multiuse grease specification ...

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Gulf Base Oil Plants Weather Laura

Lube Report Americas - September 2, 2020

The United States base oil market is still waiting for information about the reopening of the Excel Paralubes plant in W ...

ACC Extends Emergency Protocol

ACC Extends Emergency Protocol

Lube Report Americas - August 26, 2020

The American Chemistry Council last week extended to Dec. 31 its emergency protocol meant to give companies flexibility ...

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Gulf Plants Batten Down for Laura

Lube Report Americas - August 26, 2020

Refineries in eastern Texas and Louisiana are closing or scaling back operations as an intensifying Hurricane Laura barr ...

Pandemic Hits Rerefiners from Both Sides

Pandemic Hits Rerefiners from Both Sides

Posts - July 20, 2020

Rerefiners in North America are feeling the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of reduced demand for their bas ...

Solomon: Pandemic to Close Base Oil Plants

Solomon: Pandemic to Close Base Oil Plants

Posts - July 20, 2020

The economic crises created by the Covid-19 pandemic will probably trigger an overdue consolidation of global base oil c ...

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Grim Outlook Given for Industry

Posts - July 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious damage to lubricants markets around the world, but the bigger problem could be ...

Hope for Recovery Voiced at Webinar

Hope for Recovery Voiced at Webinar

Lube Report Americas - July 15, 2020

Order volumes for every lubricants market sector, from base oils and additives to finished lubes, dropped by 40% in Apri ...

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Base Oil Report: Trends

Lubes'n'Greases - July 2, 2020

Caitlin Jacobs gives an overview of global base oil capacity in 2020 and previews how the picture may change after the p ...

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Grim Outlook Given for Industry

Lube Report Americas - July 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious damage to lubricants markets around the world, but the bigger problem could be ...

Dire Times Forecast for Industry

Dire Times Forecast for Industry

Lube Report EMEA - June 28, 2020

The lubricant industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and demand could remain depressed at least into 2022, ...

Turkish Refinery Set to Reopen

Turkish Refinery Set to Reopen

Lube Report EMEA - June 8, 2020

Turkey’s only base oil plant is likely to resume production once Tupras restarts its Izmir refinery on July 1. Operati ...

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Localities Faulted for Response to Rouen Fire

Lube Report EMEA - June 8, 2020

A French Senate inquiry last week blasted local and regional governments’ response to the September 2019 blaze at a Lu ...