Volume 6 Issue 24

Developing Fire-resistant Turbine Oils for Russia

The fire-resistant synthetic turbine oils consumed in Russia are mostly imported products formulated with trixylenyl phosphate, an anti-wear additive used in high-temperature applications. Acquiring them has become more difficult since the start of the war in Ukraine, so a local independent additive maker is developing cheaper analogues that it claims are safer.

Luberef Boosting Yanbu Output

Luberef has contracted to increase the amount of feedstock supplied to its base oil plant in Yanbu’al Bahr, Saudi Arabia – a change that will boost base oil output by nearly 100,000 metric tons per year, the company announced recently. On May 29 the company said it would raise the amount of feedstock supplied to the plant from 45,000 barrels per day to 50,000 b/d.

BASF Increases Alkoxylation Capacity in Europe

BASF is gradually adding alkoxylation capacity – in part to produce chemicals with uses in lubricants – at its plants in Belgium and Germany starting in the second quarter. The investment will ultimately increase capacity by more than 150,000 metric tons per year and will benefit European customers in particular, the company said last week.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Indian Oil Enters Joint Venture in Nepal

Profits Surge for Hyundai Shell Base Oil, Thai Oil

Chile to Nationalize Lithium Industry

Briefly Noted

Chevron, which sells its lubricants in Europe under the Texaco brand, announced a partnership with distributor Kockelmann to market Texaco lubricants in the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions of France. Kockelmann is already an authrozied distributor for Texaco products in Belgium and Luxembourg.