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Baton Rouge Refinery Hit by Fire

ExxonMobil is still mum on the cause and effect of a massive fire last week at its large refinery and chemical facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but base oil operations do not appear to have been hindered.

Petrobras May Add Group II Production

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is seeking to add API Group II base oil production in the country through new installations at its Comperj petrochemical complex in the city of Itaborai, located in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Petrobras Mulls Additional Lube Production

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is developing a plan to increase lubricant production at its Comperj refinery in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a spokesperson told Lube Report.

ExxonMobil Expands Lubes Plant

ExxonMobil is completing an expansion of its Port Allen lubricant blending plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Isla Refinery Agrees to Deal with Klesch

Refineria di Korsou - the Curacao government entity that owns the Isla Refinery - announced an agreement last week for industrial commodities conglomerate Klesch Group to operate the facility, which includes a base oil plant.

MFG Upgrades Chemicals Pilot Plant

MFG Chemical last week announced completion of an upgrade of its pilot plant in Dalton, Georgia, and plans for a second pilot reactor. The pilot plant makes small quantities of specialty chemicals used in lubricants, such as esters, surfactants and sulfonate and phosphate derivatives.

PdVSA Secures Short-term Isla Refinery Extension

Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. agreed to a short-term lease extension with Refineria di Korsou - the Curacao government entity that owns the Isla Refinery - to operate the facility into 2020 as the latter negotiates with a preferred bidder to take over operations, according to a recent news report.

New Grease Plant Starts Up in Kansas

A joint venture between Japanese grease maker Kyodo Yushi and its American partner Lubrication Engineers began operating a new grease plant in Wichita, Kansas, last week, Kyodo Yushi announced.

Petronas Closes Argentina Plant

Malaysias Petronas Lubricants International recently closed its lubricant blending plant near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and canceled plans to build a larger plant, opting instead to contract with toll-blenders because of the country's ongoing economic crisis.

Axel to Expand, Improve U.S. Grease Plants

Axel Christiernsson AB announced on Monday a multi-million dollar expansion and improvement plan across its three grease plants in the United States, including increased capacity to produce calcium sulfonate complex. The company manufactures and supplies lubricating greases in the U.S. through its Axel Americas and Axel Royal companies.