08 June 2010 11:12 [Source: ICIS news]
SEOUL (ICIS news)--The ongoing shift in base oils demand from Group I product toward higher quality Group II/III oils could allow Group I facilities to remain viable, an official with the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company said on Tuesday.
Technology exists that can take advantage of existing facilities and, by adding additional processing steps, modify the production slate to include Group II and even group III base oils, said Michael Davis, licensing director, Asia/Pacific, with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
He was speaking at the fourth annual ICIS Asian Base Oils and Lubricants conference in ?xml:namespace>
“Raffinate hydroconversion or hydrotreating add flexibility,” said
The shift away from the solvent extraction processes involved in Group I production, driven by the technical demands of the automotive lubricant sector, is widely seen as creating collateral damage in the brightstock and wax markets produced in these facilities,
“The potential to upgrade is almost 100%,” said
Base oils are used in the formulation of lubricants across a broad spectrum of applications, from automotive engine oils to industrial and process oils.
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of ExxonMobil.
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