Yaroslavl refinery, co-owned by Russian state-controlled Rosneft and Gazpromneft, plans to start production of Group III base oils in April, industry sources say. The plant is in European part of Russia, 260km north of Moscow.
The refinery will export 4 and 6 cst base oils grades, while 2 and 8 cst are planned for domestic consumption.
Export oriented unit
Yaroslavl refinery currently operates 250,000 t/yr Group I base oils unit, about 40,000t/yr of base oils goes for export. The refinery located close to Russian western border and is well-placed for export via Baltics ports.
Export loading start is expected not earlier than June 2017 and could reach 3000-5000 tons per month by end of 2017.
More Group III supplies
Russia currently exports Group III 4 cst base oils from Taneco (Nizhnekamsk) refinery located in Tatarstan. Most of the product is going to Baltic for further shipments to Europe by trucks and overseas loadings. Group III is also produced by Lukoil’s Volgograd refinery and Belorussia’s Naftan’.
DYM Resources is exporting suppling Group I, II and III base oils from Russia, Europe, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The company specializes on trucks and flexi-containers loadings.