Volume 4 Issue 20
Total has decided to expand its three-year-old lubricant blending plant in Russia, stating that it is taking the action after a steady ramp-up in production volumes, including a 15% increase in 2020. The French oil major said it will spend U.S. $2 million to increase capacity of the plant in Vorsino, Kaluga Oblast, from 40,000 metric tons per year to 70,000 t/y.
France’s lubricant consumption decreased by 3% in February compared to the same month in 2020, the second consecutive year-to-year decline after five consecutive months of sales exceeding the corresponding month of the previous year. According to statistics released by the Professional Lubricants Center, finished lube sales in the country fell to 44,790 metric tons in February.
Perstorp has lifted the force majeure notice it issued on April 9 for supply of pentaerythritol mono and related materials, having resolved production problems at its Plant C in Bruchhausen, Germany. Among the materials affected were two chemicals used in production of lubricants.