Volume 6 Issue 27
A Russian motorist group complained to the central government last week that the country faces a growing shortage of automotive engine oils and quality lubricant additives.
BP and Shell have decided not to repair their damaged Sapref joint venture, signaling that the Durban, South Africa, refinery – which includes the last base oil plant in sub-Saharan Africa – may not reopen unless purchased by another operator.
Georgia imported almost 8,930 tons of finished lubricants from January through May, up 9% from the same period last year, the country’s Association of Petroleum Product Importers said last week in a news release. The increased lube consumption can be attributed to the country’s larger imports of cars that are reexported mostly to Russia.