Hydrocracking Technologies – High quality lubes to see growth regardless of vehicle type

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Global capacity to produce Group II and III base oils around the world is set to expand by 6.7 million t/y to 2020, with most of this new capacity centred in Asia. Chevron expects the market for premium base oils to grow from 30% of the current global lube oils market to 50% of the global lubes market by 2020 as more stringent quality standards and specifications with regard to lower vehicle emissions and better vehicle fuel efficiency drive demand for premium base oils.

CLG has announced that a new integrated hydrocracker and base oil plant has been successfully brought online at Tatneft’s Taneco refinery in Tatarstan, Russia. The unit uses CLG’s Isocracking, Isodewaxing
and Isofinishing technologies. The new facility enables the refinery to produce 1.2 million t/y (25 000 b/d) of Euro 5 diesel, 500 000 t/y (10 000 b/d) of aviation kerosene, and 190 000 t/y of Group II/III base oil.

Additionally, Pemex will utilise Isocracking, Isodewaxing and Isofinishing technologies for the upgrading of a lube oil complex at its 245 000 b/d Salamanca refinery in Mexico. According to Pemex, the new lube oil complex will include a 15 330 b/d Isocracking unit integrated with a 12 631 b/d Isodewaxing and Isofinishing facility to yield high quality Group II lube oils.

ExxonMobil said it plans to invest €200-300 million ($227-341 million) at its 190 000 b/d Rotterdam, Netherlands refinery to expand hydrocracking capacity by 40% from 50 000 b/d to just under 70 000 b/d while also adding capacity to produce EHC Group II base oil. The upgrade makes the Rotterdam refinery the first in Europe to produce EHC base oil. This upgrade should be completed by late 2018.

Source: PTQ Q1 2018

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