Incidents

Total Loss Expected From Chemtool Fire
A volunteer firefighter connects a hose to help fight a fire at Lubrizol Corp.’s Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois. © Andy Manis/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

Total Loss Expected From Chemtool Fire

Lube Report Americas - June 16, 2021

A devastating fire that started Monday continued to burn Tuesday at Lubrizol’s Chemtool grease manufacturing plant in ...

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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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OEMs Propose Global System for Specs

Lube Report EMEA - April 13, 2021

A new automaker organization is proposing a global framework for industry performance specifications for lubricants and ...

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After Fire, Rouen Adopts Alert System

Lube Report EMEA - March 23, 2021

A year and a half after a fire at a local lubricant additive factory, the northern France city of Rouen has adopted a sy ...

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Survey Studies Impacts of Rouen Fire

Lube Report EMEA - August 31, 2020

France’s public health agency is conducting a survey to assess health and quality of life impacts of a September 2019 ...

Baton Rouge Refinery Hit by Fire

Baton Rouge Refinery Hit by Fire

Lube Report Americas - February 28, 2020

ExxonMobil is still mum on the cause and effect of a massive fire last week at its large refinery and chemical facility ...

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Building Blockchains Place in Lubricants

Lubes'n'Greases EMEA - October 21, 2019

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

ITC Fire Disrupts Shipping

ITC Fire Disrupts Shipping

Lube Report Americas - March 27, 2019

Traffic through the Houston Ship Channel remains backlogged following a three day chemical fire at Intercontinental Term ...

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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 ...