Fundamentals of the Base Oil Business

26 – 28 January 2021

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Have you ever wondered why Bright Stock is called “Bright Stock”? Or pondered the rationale for the base oil names “Group I”, “Group II” etc?

Have you considered why there seem to be Group II and Group III plants in Asia and the US, but not in Europe or the Middle East?

Historically, the base oil business was straightforward and easy to understand. Most regions had only one type of base oil manufacturing, and producers offered similar products. Over the last decade, the rise of different base oil manufacturing processes, led to multiple – and very different – base oil products from each process. This has created a difficult maze for refiners, marketers, supply managers, the shipping industry, and end-use customers – especially those new to lubes. Coupled with disruptions and market uncertainties driven by covid-19, understanding the base oils business has become more complex than ever.

Times like this call for the need to stay connected and well-informed which is why ICIS introduce its first virtual training course to provide you with relevant insights at your convenience. As health and safety becomes the utmost priority, this new way of learning offers an innovative way of gaining product knowledge and market insights during this unique time.


  • Crude and refining overview: Discover the world’s largest base oils refining companies, crude types, pricing and valuation and its relationship with the base oils business
  • Base oils manufacturing: Solvent processing, hydro processing and hybrid approach
  • Comprehensive insight on base oils API groupings
  • Lubricant additives: Basic introduction, functions and its role on finished lubricant blending and packaging
  • Future trends: Market disruptors, insight on electric vehicles and more



All sessions will be accessed online from your computer or tablet, giving you the flexibility of taking the course at your chosen location and device.

  • Live and interactive sessions
    Understanding the relevance of getting access to information real time, the course will be delivered live including interactive sessions providing you with a platform to engage with trainers and other delegates
  • Modular approach
    The course will run over 3 days with a total of 9 hours of tuition time.
  • Timely and comprehensive agenda topics
    Each module will touch on specific themes within the base oils business – from feedstock


Amy Claxton is a registered professional Chemical Engineer and owns a consulting company called My Energy. Prior to starting her own company in 2001, Amy worked for Dow Chemical, Exxon, and ExxonMobil. After assignments in refinery fuels, chemical, and base oil operations, she became manager for technical services at Exxon’s Baytown, Texas refinery. During the Exxon – Mobil merger, Ms. Claxton was Exxon’s Corporate Base Oil Liaison for senior officials and lawyers at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Exxon, Mobil, and outside law firms.

With almost 4 decades in the refining industry, her expertise includes global crude oil quality assessment; fuels and base oil refining technology and economics; and base oil pricing and supply forecasting. In addition, she has 3 decades of expertise involving gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, economics, and intellectual property. Amy recently served as the Refinery Technical Manager for the Calumet Specialty Products refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.

Amy studied BSc (honours) Chemical Engineering at the A&M University in Texas.

When not involved in oil and gas work, Ms. Claxton enjoys travel, cooking, reading GTL patents for fun, and spending time with her family in Hershey, Pennsylvania and their country house in Quebec, Canada.


26 – 28 January 2021:

Standard price: $1,350 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)*

Book now with promo code P0015WEB

For group bookings of three or more, please contact us via *NB: Please enter your VAT number (or local equivalent) on our payment page, otherwise UK VAT at 20% will be applied. Customers based in the UK will be charged UK VAT at 20% whether or not a VAT number is provided.

In-House Training

ICIS works alongside our clients to create bespoke training courses that mould our expertise and your specific needs. We will pinpoint the current expertise of your employees, areas for improvement, and your business goals, and develop a training course that will bring tangible benefits to your business.

Our custom training courses are delivered as interactive workshops, focusing on the products, concepts and issues that are most relevant and beneficial to you.

  • Save money on transportation and accommodation, with training at a convenient location
  • Flexibility – you determine the length and duration of the sessions
  • Interactive workshops with hands-on exercises, to reinforce key skills, techniques and concepts
  • Take away the course materials, presentations and background information for future reference

To enquire about in-house training for this course, please click here and a member of our team will get back to you.

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