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Rosneft’s Base Oil Press

Lube Report - May 2, 2012

MOSCOW — Almost all vertically integrated oil companies in Russia have plans to upgrade their base oil plants, but ...

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Sales Rise, Profits Slide in Seoul

Lube Report - May 2, 2012

South Korean base oil refiners SK Lubricants and S-Oil both reported drops in operating income while claiming revenue in ...

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Pars Expands Grease Output

Lube Report - May 2, 2012

Irans Pars Oil is preparing to open a second grease plant at its refinery near Tehran. Officials said the new plant, whi ...

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Valvoline Steps over BP into Russia

Lube Report - April 25, 2012

U.S. lubricants and chemicals producer Ashland Inc. and Russias TNK-BP signed a five-year agreement to distribute Valvol ...

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Argentina Blasted for YPF Nationalization

Lube Report - April 18, 2012

Spanish refiner Repsol and Spains government blasted Argentinas decision to nationalize oil and gas company YPF SA, whic ...

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Base Oil Capacity Snapshot

Lube Report - April 18, 2012

Base oil capacity in the United States totaled 217,300 barrels per day on Jan. 1, unchanged from 2011, according to Amer ...

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Modrica Ups Group III Output

Lube Report - April 18, 2012

Oil Refinery Modrica has begun expansion of its API Group III base oil plant and construction of a new lubricant blendin ...

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Shell Casts Hungry Eye on Ukraine

Lube Report - April 18, 2012

Shell Russia is setting its sights on Ukraines lubricants market once its 180,000 tons per year blending plant in Torzho ...

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Bright Outlook for Russian Base Oils

Lube Report - April 11, 2012

MOSCOW – Russian production of high quality API Groups II and III base oils is predicted to reach 1.7 million tons ...

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BASF Launches Wax Plant

Lube Report - April 11, 2012

BASF commissioned a new oxidized polyethylene waxes manufacturing plant at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany. The low-de ...

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Mercedes Tightens Oil Specs

Lube Report - April 4, 2012

STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has adopted a wide-ranging upgrade of service-fill engine oil specifications fo ...

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Rowe Builds Blending Plant

Lube Report - April 4, 2012

German lubricant producer Rowe Mineraloelwerk GmbH is building a second blending plant to accommodate the growth of its ...

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Brighter Future for Russian Greases

Lube Report - April 4, 2012

MOSCOW – Russias grease production is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5 to 7 percent after 2014, when new pl ...

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Gazprom Eyes EU Lubes Market

Lube Report - March 28, 2012

Russian lubes producer Gazprom Neft-SM plans to break ground on a 15,000 metric ton per year lubricant blending plant in ...

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Chevron Picks Russian Marine-oil Partner

Lube Report - March 28, 2012

Russias Gazprom will produce Texaco-branded marine oils in Russia for U.S. oil major Chevron, Gazprom Neft said yesterda ...

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Fake Lubes Seized in Philippines

Lube Report - March 28, 2012

Philippine law enforcement officials confiscated 8,878 bottles of counterfeit Castrol lubricants worth U.S. $37,000 duri ...

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Total Cuts Base Oil Output

Lube Report - March 21, 2012

Total temporarily cut base oil production at its Gonfreville, France, refinery on March 10, citing a weak market and eco ...

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U.S. Synlubes on the Upswing

Lube Report - March 21, 2012

U.S. demand for synthetic lubricants and functional fluids will grow more than 8 percent annually to $7.4 billion in 201 ...