Rosnefts sales of what it calls premium lubricants rose by 17 percent to 70,000 metric tons in 2017 thanks to stepped-up marketing in the corporate and retail segments, the company said in its latest annual report.
The companys combined sales of base oils and lubricants jumped 36 percent to approximately 1 million t/y. The increase was primarily due to the acquisition of fellow oil major Bashneft, in which Rosneft acquired a 57 percent stake in October 2016.
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Bashneft continues to operate as a separate company and has a base oil plant in Novo-Ufa.
Sixty-three percent of Rosnefts combined base oil and finished lubricant sales were within Russia.
Rosneft introduced a new line of lubricants for passenger cars and commercial vehicles last year and the products are now retailed in almost 13,000 of its outlets, primarily fuel stations.
In its annual report, Rosneft said it developed a catalytic synthesis technology for production of high-viscosity polyalphaolefins. Currently they are being produced on a laboratory scale at its Novo-kuibyshevsk Oils and Additive plant, but Rosneft said it intends to begin commercial production in coming years.
The company also said it developed an all-season hydraulic oil and a thickening lube additive as a way to replace the imported products it now uses to make energy efficient hydraulic oils for industrial equipment and mobile machinery.