Volume 11 Issue 37

Bahrain Fires Up Group III Plant

The Persian Gulf is set to become a significant new source of API Group III base oils following the commissioning phase of the new Neste-Bapco plant in Bahrain, a joint venture between Finnish refiner and marketer Neste Oil Corp. and Bahrain Petroleum Co. Several sources have told Lube Report the plant began the start-up process of feeding fluid into the unit in late August and also recently completed initial production of base oils, but work is continuing to bring the products to specificatio...

API Ends Provisional Licensing

With a key engine sequence test for oil sludging and deposit control available once again, the American Petroleum Institute will cease provisional licensing of passenger car engine oils today. Provisional licensing, a stop-gap measure needed because the Sequence VG test was out of service from late February to late July, was invoked by API on April 6 and allowed licensing to continue pending the tests successful return. Products required to pass the VG test include virtually every current categ...

Rerefinery Coming to Maryland

FCC Environmental plans to bring a $50 million Group II base oil rerefinery online in Baltimore by 2013. The Houston-based waste oil collector last week said it anticipates breaking ground on the project in mid-2012, pending issuance of State of Maryland and City of Baltimore environmental and construction permits. The rerefinery will employ 30 full-time workers in technical, operations and support roles. The Baltimore recycling facility will produce several cuts of both Group II and Group II+...

Nonconventional Oils in the Spotlight

By some estimates, synthetics now account for over 10 percent of global lubricant consumption and for a much higher percentage of automotive engine oils and transmission lubes. These high-value products depend on a very different supply chain than conventional mineral base oils, shows the new “2011 Nonconventional Base Stocks Guide,” published last week by Lubes’n’Greases magazine. While the world turns to major oil companies and independent refiners for its mineral base...

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Europe fared a bit better over the past week in terms of new business quoted. It has been the same in the Asian market where space has tightened on some routes. U.S. markets on the other hand remain soft, or have indeed become even quieter. U.S. Gulf September is turning out to be a slow month on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico-to-Caribbean service. Contractual volumes are sparse and there is quite a lot of open space coming up later in the month. Spot volumes are nowhere near sufficient to fill all t...