Volume 6 Issue 27

Russian Motor Group Complains of Lube Shortage

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, Shell Will Not Repair Sapref

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 Lubricant Imports Increase

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.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Japan Lube Demand Rises, Production Falls

Grease Ouput Up in North America, Globally

Sales Jump at Oil Change Centers

Briefly Noted

General Electric approved French company Nyco’s Turbonycoil 600 synthetic turbine oil for use in General Electric CF6 engines, which power multiple aircraft applications, like the A330 and GE9X for the new B777X program. The GE9X will be the world’s biggest turbofan engine.