Russian lube plants need new technologies

The lube units of Sibneft's Omsk refinery (as do other Russian refinery lube units) use conventional lubes technologies and need upgrading. The refinery provides average-quality lube oils to meet the large demand of the local market, and it exports limited volumes of lube oil to Kazakhstan (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageUpgrading Russia's existing lube-oil production facilities is the solution to the country's lube-oil crisis. Combining efforts of both Russian and international oil companies is the most effective strategy. Russian refineries suffer from limited flexibility and lack of investment. The generally low complexities of Russian refineries limit their ability t...

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