Volume 6 Issue 29

Belarus Additives Joint Venture Expands

Additech, a lubricant additive joint venture between the Russian and Belarus oil majors Lukoil and Naftan, expanded its production capacity to 40,000 tons per year in 2022, double its size in 2016, according to a Russian news report. Formerly known as LLK-Naftan, in May 2021 the company changed its ownership structure and name to AddiTech, to avoid being associated with the Belarus energy company that is under Western sanctions.

New Ghana Refinery Will Make Base Oils

Sentuo Group is scheduled to begin commissioning its new refinery in Tema, Ghana, next month, bringing sub-Saharan Africa a step closer to again having a base oil source. The Chinese company is building what will be the largest oil refinery in the country, including a base oil plant scheduled to come onstream by 2025.

Lubes’n’Greases July Issue Available

The July issue features a Special Report on Electric Vehicles that explores how the grease industry is adapting to the electrification wave, why lubricant manufacturers are entering the emerging market of thermal management fluids, and how the fast-paced world of Formula E motorsport lubricants may be opening up doors for passenger EV fluids.

Rerefinery Planned in Russia’s Tula Oblast

A public-private partnership to build a rerefinery capable of producing base oils was announced recently during an event in St. Petersburg, Russia. The project is in an early phase of development, but the partners plan to open the facility in 2026

From Other Editions of Lube Report

China Industry Wants Domestic Viscosity Modifiers

Shell Plans to Exit Pakistan

Engine Oil Exports from the U.S. Rose in 2022

Briefly Noted

Domestic sales of new vehicles in South Africa increased 14% in June to 46,810 units, compared to 41,052 units in the same month last year, according to data released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa.