Brazil Base Oil Output Down Again


Brazil Base Oil Output Down Again

Base oil production in Brazil fell 37% in November, compared to the same month of 2022. It also marked the third straight month that production fell shy of 30,000 tons.

The South American country’s base oil production dropped to 29,000 metric tons in November, compared to 46,000 tons in the same month last year.

Through the first 11 months of the year, Brazil’s base oil production declined 11% to 416,000 tons, compared to 467,000 tons.

ANP releases base oil production data for each of the country’s three virgin base oil plants.

The base oil plant at the Duque de Caxias Refinery, known as Reduc, produced about 20,000 tons in November, down 47% from 38,000 tons in November 2022.  Owned by Petrobras, the plant has annual Group I production capacity of 584,000 tons per year.

The Lubnor base oil plant owned by Petrobras in Fortaleza, in the northeastern state of Ceara, produced about 5,400 tons in November, about 50% more than 3,600 tons. Formerly named Refinaria Lubrificantes e Derivados do Nordeste, or Northeastern Lubricants and Derivatives Refinery, its plant has 68,000 t/y annual naphthenic base stocks production capacity.

The base oil plant at Mataripe Refinery in Sao Francisco do Conde produced about 3,600 tons in November, a 20% decrease from 4,500 tons. Owned by Mubadala Investment Co. and operated by its Acelen subsidiary, the plant has annual Group I production capacity of 91,000 t/y.

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