Volume 4 Issue 49
Russian base oil production increased by 14% in the first nine months of 2021, driven by higher demand at home and abroad, and representing a partial rebound from the very low demand observed in 2020, according to a market report. The country’s base oil exports also increased.
The world’s largest crude oil supplier and one of the largest owners of base oil assets is getting back into the finished lubricants business. Saudi Aramco announced Sunday that it is launching a brand of automotive and industrial lubes, Orizon – apparently on a modest scale to begin with.
Modern lubricant performance specifications usually contain a number of bench and engine tests, but an official with a German firm suggested recently that industry should also consider field trials as a way of verifying product quality.