Shell said it is within weeks of opening its first lubricant blending plant in Indonesia – a facility north of Jakarta with capacity of 120,000 metric tons per year.
The development of the Shell lubricant blending plant [on Java island] is nearly completed and is planned to be officially opened before the end of this year, said a spokesman.
The facility is being built on 75,000 square meters in the Marunda Center and will produce a range of lubricants for the consumer, transport, industrial and marine sectors, including Shells major brands like Helix, Advance, Rimula, Tellus, Spirax and Omala.
Shell claims to be the largest international supplier of lubricants in Indonesia, currently importing finished products from its blending plants in Singapore and Malaysia.
Bringing world-class production capacity closer to customers in Indonesia will allow Shell to supply a full range of high-quality motor oils, transmission oils and industrial lubricants to the market, with the potential to expand distribution to neighboring countries in the future, the company stated in a November 2012 press release. The company expects strong growth in Indonesias lubricant market, thanks to expanding vehicle ownership, construction and growth in industries such as power generation and oil and gas production.
Shell already operates blending plants in eight Asian nations, including China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Pakistan and India.