Incidents

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Building Blockchains Place in Lubricants

LNG Magazine EMEA - October 21, 2019

New disruptive technologies have a direct impact on the lubricant industry, but one in particular is grabbing headlines. ...

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Hurricane Harvey Impacts PAO Production

Lube Report - September 27, 2017

Chevron Phillips Chemical has declared force majeure on its polyalphaolefin and metallocene PAO produced in North Americ ...

Motiva Declares Force Majeure

Motiva Declares Force Majeure

Lube Report - September 13, 2017

Motiva declared force majeure yesterday on base oils produced at its plant in Port Arthur, Texas, indicating that delive ...

Refineries Move to Reopen

Refineries Move to Reopen

Lube Report - September 6, 2017

A week after Hurricane Harvey stopped drenching the U.S. Gulf Coast, there were signs of good news for the lubricants in ...

Storm Closes Port Arthur, Baytown, Other Plants

Storm Closes Port Arthur, Baytown, Other Plants

Lube Report - August 30, 2017

Base oil and additive plants along Texas Gulf Coast stand idle as Hurricane Harvey brought record flooding to one of the ...

Fire Erupts at Rerefinery in Denmark

Fire Erupts at Rerefinery in Denmark

Lube Report - August 2, 2017

Avista Oil stopped production at its API Group I base oil rerefinery in Kalundborg, Denmark, last week following a fire ...

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Richmond Fire Costly for Chevron

Lube Report - June 21, 2017

Chevron USA pleaded no contest to six charges in a criminal complaint by California state and local authorities related ...

Pearl GTL Plant Hobbled

Pearl GTL Plant Hobbled

Lube Report - December 28, 2016

Shell announced last week that its joint venture Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar is operating at a reduced rate of p ...

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Gits Downsizes, Outsources

Lube Report - December 7, 2016

Lubrication equipment maker Gits Manufacturing announced last week that it will lay off 78 employees by June 2014 and mo ...

Fire Destroys Lube Warehouse in Kyrgyzstan

Fire Destroys Lube Warehouse in Kyrgyzstan

Lube Report - November 9, 2016

A fire devastated a motor oil warehouse in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, the countrys emergency situation min ...

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Swan Song for Biolube Center

Lube Report - October 5, 2016

The University of Northern Iowas National Ag-Based Lubricants Research Center will be phased out after 22 years followin ...

Russian MWF Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 4

Russian MWF Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 4

Lube Report - June 29, 2016

One person was killed and four others injured by an explosion last week at a metalworking fluids and chemicals complex o ...

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Axel Americas Resumes Production

Lube Report - April 13, 2016

Axel Americas manufacturing plant in Rosedale, Mississippi is operating at normal capacity after repairing damage that a ...

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Fire Damages Axel Plant in Mississippi

Lube Report - March 9, 2016

A fire erupted at Axel Americas LLCs manufacturing facility in Rosedale, Miss., on Feb. 29, damaging recently installed ...

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BASF Discovers WWII Bomb at German Plant

Lube Report - August 26, 2015

BASF last week announced the discovery of a half-ton WWII-era U.S. bomb at its Ludwigshafen, Germany site, which has mul ...

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Missouri Lube Depot Catches Fire

Lube Report - July 15, 2015

Fire broke out Monday at distributor Santie Oils Sikeston, Mo., location, causing possibly several million dollars in da ...

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Leak Draws Agencys Wrath

Lube Report - September 3, 2014

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency referred an enforcement action to the state attorney generals office agains ...