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Fergana Upgrade on Track for 2023

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.

Turkish Refinery Set to Reopen

Turkey’s only base oil plant is likely to resume production once Tupras restarts its Izmir refinery on July 1. Operations at the refinery, which includes a 400,000 metric ton per year API Group I unit, were halted on May 5 because of weak domestic demand for petroleum products caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Azerbaijan Blender Has Ambitions

One of Azerbaijan’s few lubricant producers is a three-year-old start-up that is using just a fraction of its manufacturing capacity. But Technol officials say the company is growing and that it aims to become a major player in its home market while also developing an export business.

Tatneft to Open Plant in June

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.

VMPAuto Opens Russian Grease Plant

Russian lubricants marketer VMPAuto opened a small plant in the industrial sector of St. Petersburg in February.

Lube Plant in Poland to Make Hand Sanitizers

Polish lube maker Orlen Oil will start to produce hand sanitizers at its lubricant blending plant in Jedlicze, part of the government initiative to fight the spread of the coronavirus in Poland, a company official confirmed to Lube Report.

Motor Oil Hellas, Naftal Partner in Algeria

Greek petroleum refiner Motor Oil Hellas, announced a 30 million euro investment to establish a joint venture blending plant in Algeria that will have capacity to produce 55,000 metric tons per year of lubricating oils and 5,000 t/y of greases.

Grease Plant Opens in Greece

Lubricants and Petroleum Corp. recently opened a grease plant at its blending facility in Aspropyrgos, Greece, part of an effort to cement its position as one of the largest lube suppliers in Southeastern Europe.

Lukoil Revamps its Lubricant Production

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.

Lubrizol Partially Restarts Rouen Plant

A regional governing body in France authorized Lubrizol last week to resume some operations at its Rouen lubricant additive plant, which has been sidelined since a fire in late September.