The tight conditions in the United States base oil market were exacerbated this week by unplanned outages and reduced operating rates at a couple of plants on the heels of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Oct. 9.
There were reports that the Excel Paralubes’ API Group II plant near Lake Charles, Louisiana, which was already off-line due to disruptions caused in late August by Hurricane Laura, was again hit by severe weather. Hurricane Delta brought flooding and tornadoes to southwest Louisiana, causing additional damage to the power grid in the Lake Charles area, but there were no reports of employees having been injured, and there was minimal damage to the plant, according to sources. Excel Paralubes did not comment on its plant operations.
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