Volume 3 Issue 14

Coronavirus Ravages Refinery Runs

The Covid-19 outbreak is proving to be the most disruptive event for the base oils and refining industry since the Great Recession of 2008, causing refiners to cut back on production or temporarily shutter operations altogether, sources tell Lube Report.

Planning for Disruptions on the River

Fog and floods are regular disruptors to barges carrying base oils on rivers. Suppliers and buyers can take steps to minimize impacts, though not to escape them completely.

Blenders Allowed to Remain Open

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association is reaching out to members and governments to inform them that lube blenders are considered essential or life-sustaining and may continue physical operations under stay-at-home orders issued to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Virus Disrupts Russian Base Oil Exports

Nigerian Proposal Targets Substandard Lubes

India Copes with Coronavirus

Briefly Noted

Irving Oil retooled its Saint John, Canada, lubricant blending facility to add hand sanitizer to its production line, the company announced this week.