Volume 5 Issue 16

TotalEnergies Opens Plant in Algeria

TotalEnergies has opened a lubricant blending plant on Algeria’s Mediterranean coast to cater to the growing market in that country. The plant, located in Bethioua, in the province of Oran, and has capacity to make 40,000 metric tons per year in a single shift. A spokesperson for the French energy giant said the facility could accommodate an expansion to 100,000 t/y, but officials did not disclose its cost.

Cyclevia Boosts France’s Used Oil Sector

A French association of lubricant suppliers this month announced the formation of Cyclevia, a nonprofit organization tasked with helping to increase the portion of used lubricants that are collected and rerefined into base stocks.

France’s Lube Demand Declines

France’s finished lubricant consumption declined to 42,319 metric tons in February, a 7% decline from the same month last year, according to data released April 15 by the Paris-based Professional Lubricants Center. The 23,300 tons of automotive lubes consumed in February represented a 3% decrease.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Fuchs Plans Lube Plant in Vietnam

South Korea Base Oil Exports Slip

Three Bids in for Curacao Refinery

Briefly Noted

Gazpromneft-Lubricants is opening technical support centers for oil condition monitoring to serve Russia’s industrial, transportation and agricultural sectors. The company so far opened 24 such centers, including the latest one in Samara.