Incidents

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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 ...

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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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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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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Shreveport Refinery Accident Results in Worker Death

Lube Report - May 25, 2016

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. confirmed a worker at its Shreveport, La., facility died from injuries suffered ...

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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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Fire Scorches Russian Lube Depot

Lube Report - October 28, 2015

Fire last week at distributor Tekhnorynok Avtomasels warehouse in Bryansk injured none, but caused possibly several mill ...

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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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U.S. Drilling Fluids Demand to Grow

Lube Report - August 19, 2015

U.S. demand for drilling fluids is expected to increase 5.2 percent per year to $6.8 billion in 2019, driven by growth i ...

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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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Workers Strike at Total’s Gonfreville Refinery

Lube Report - December 3, 2014

Union workers began a 72-hour strike Monday at Totals refinery in Gonfreville, France, over the companys plans to modern ...

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Hydrodec Settles for $20M Over Fire

Lube Report - November 12, 2014

Transformer oil rerefiner Hydrodec has settled with its insurers on a $20 million claim following the fire damage its Ca ...

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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 ...

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Worker Dies in GM Metal Center Explosion

Lube Report - July 9, 2014

Quaker Chemical Corp. reported that one of its employees died as the result of an explosion at General Motors Marion Met ...

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Fire Disrupts Ohio Blender

Lube Report - April 2, 2014

A fire last week at Fiske Brothers Toledo, Ohio, lubricants plant resulted in no injuries but caused approximately $8,00 ...