Surging GTL promises lube-market opportunities

Petrobras has analyzed the world's lube-oil production capacity trends from 2000-09, as published by Oil & Gas Journal's annual refinery survey, the current status of world GTL production capacity, and the planned construction of GTL plants during 2010-11 in order to identify future high-quality lube-oil market opportunities derived from GTL technology.The average lube-oil market size during 2000-09 was about 800,000 b/cd. Market distribution in 2005 was 75% for API Group I, 20% for Group II, and 5% for Groups II+/III/IV. (Table 1 provides definitions for API lube-oil groups.)High-quality lube oil from Groups II+/III/IV markets is likely to grow to more than 10%, potentially nearing 2...

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