Trade Group Promotes Waste Oil Collection in Ukraine


Ukraines Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy Association established a committee to provide technology standards and a platform for cooperation by businesses involved with used lubricants.

The committee aims to unite companies specializing in collection, utilization and processing of used motor, transmission, hydraulic, transformer and industrial oils, the association (APEU) told Lube Report on Tuesday. The main goals are higher technological standards for the enterprises that work in used oil industry, as well as their effective collaboration and networking, APEU said.

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The committee also will encourage greater transparency in the Ukrainian lubricants market and interactions between industry leaders and government, contending that this would encourage more investment in the used lubricant market. Ukraines recent political strife stemmed largely from public outcry against corruption and its contribution to the nations economic hardships. The domestic oil industry is controlled by tycoons with government connections. In contrast, the used oil market is fragmented and features many smaller companies involved only with collection, use or filtering of used lubes.

The government introduced a waste oil utilization tax in 2012 to encourage collection of used oil. No large scale waste oil treatment capacity or rerefinery has opened since the code was enforced in mid-2013. Bulgarian lubricants maker Prista Oil broke ground on a $60 million rerefinery near Kiev in October 2013. But the project was put on hold due to the violent protests and revolutionary events in the capital during the winter of 2013-14.

Estimates about the size of Ukraines lubricant market and potential for used oil collection vary widely. APEU calculated that the country generated 510,000 metric tons of used oils in 2014 and that this volume included 200,000 tons of used oils from finished lubes produced in Ukraine, and 310,000 tons of used oil from imported finished lubes. German lube maker Fuchs Petrolub pegged Ukraines total lubricant market at 350,000 tons in 2013.

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