Disruptions

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Fire Damages West Virginia Refinery

Lube Report Americas - June 2, 2021

A fire broke out Saturday night at Ergon’s refinery in Newell, West Virginia, damaging a fuels unit and forcing the wh ...

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Perstorp Lifts Force Majeure Declaration

Lube Report EMEA - May 18, 2021

Perstorp has lifted the force majeure notice it issued on April 9 for supply of pentaerythritol mono and related materia ...

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Shell Accelerates Refinery Contraction

Lube Report Asia - May 14, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell has accelerated its timeline for reducing the crude oil throughput capacity of its refinery on Singapo ...

The Proof Is in the Earnings

The Proof Is in the Earnings

Lubes'n'Greases - May 3, 2021

The pandemic affected different companies in the lubricants industry differently. Which ones emerged triumphant, and&nb ...

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 ...

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Base Oil Report: Pricing

Lubes'n'Greases - April 1, 2021

Be Careful What You Wish For A little over year ago, when an unknown virus plunged the world into a pandemic, base o ...

Is Latin America Down for the Count?

Is Latin America Down for the Count?

Lubes'n'Greases - March 4, 2021

Last year, governments around the globe scrambled to dodge the economic effects of stay-at-home orders, increased unemp ...

OQ Declares Force Majeure in Texas

OQ Declares Force Majeure in Texas

Lube Report Americas - February 17, 2021

OQ Chemicals said Monday that it was declaring force majeure for the supply of chemicals produced at its Bay City, Texas ...

Ineos Declares Force Majeure for PAOs

Ineos Declares Force Majeure for PAOs

Lube Report Americas - February 3, 2021

Ineos declared force majeure last month on supply of low-viscosity polyalphaolefins after an unexpected disruption to fe ...

Russian Lube Marketers Played Defense

Russian Lube Marketers Played Defense

Lubes'n'Greases - February 1, 2021

The novel coronavirus pandemic took its toll around the world, putting pressure on economies and shutting down demand f ...

No Base Oil Plant Is an Island

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 ...