Russian lubricant maker Lukoil boosted production at its stand alone lubricant blending plants by 5 percent to 138,000 metric tons in 2019, thanks to the launch of a sixth facility in Kazakhstan, according to the company’s annual performance results report.
A joint venture between Uzbekneftegaz and Russian energy giant Gazprom says it is moving forward with a previously announced revamp of a refinery in Fergana, Uzbekistan, including an API Group II and III upgrade of a base oil plant there.
Russian lubricant manufacturers are slashing investment, staff and marketing projects during the Covid-19 pandemic in favor of digital incentives, according to an industry survey.
Grease production in Russia rose 51 percent in 2019, continuing a four-year growth trend that has been boosted by a government-sponsored drive to replace imported goods with domestic alternatives, according to a market study.
Russian’s vehicle market is enduring a difficult period, with steep sales declines projected for 2020 as a quarantine intended to contain Covid-19 devastates businesses, forces millions out of labor and depresses consumer spending.
Tatneft has finished building a lubricants blending plant at the site of its Taneco refinery in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, and plans to start operations in June, the company told Lube Report.
Russian passenger car motor oil demand reached 267,000 metric tons in 2019, up almost 2 percent compared to the previous year, according to a Moscow-based consultancy.
Lukoil invested U.S. $6.1 million since 2018 to increase production capacity and improve efficiency at its lubricant production sites in Russia. The modernization continues in 2020, part of an investment program to strengthen cooperation with international carmakers, the company said last week.
Lukoil joint venture Intesmos grease production was flat in 2019 compared to the year before, while another of its joint ventures, LLK-Naftan, increased its lube additives production by 6 percent, the company said.
Eighty-four percent of motorists in Russia are men, while just 16 percent are women, and men usually handle engine oil changes, whether by doing it themselves or taking their vehicle to a service provider, according to the local subsidiary of French energy giant Total.