Shell unveils new lubricants blending plant in Russia
Oct 3, 2012
Today Shell opened a major new lubricants blending plant, the first built by an international oil company in Russia.
The new plant in Torzhok, in the Tver region north-west of Moscow, is ideally located to supply a range of finished consumer, transport and industrial lubricants to customers in Russia. It can blend up to 200 million litres of lubricants a year, making it one of the largest in Shell’s current global plant network, and will create 150 Russian jobs when at full capacity.
Mark Gainsborough, Shell Executive Vice President for Shell Global Commercial, said: “Shell is proud to open this impressive new plant in an important growth market for lubricants. Supply chain is the corner stone of efficient delivery to our customers of high quality lubricants products, such as Shell Helix, Shell Rimula, Shell Spirax, Shell Tellus and Shell Omala. My thanks and congratulations to all those involved in the safe construction and testing of the plant and I welcome the start of commercial operations.”
The opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Tver region, Andrey Shevelev; representatives of the Russian Federal Government; representatives of the Tver and Torzhok administrations; senior Shell representatives; and Shell business partners and customers.
Andrey Shevelev, the Governor of the Tver region, said: “Fruitful cooperation between the Tver Region and Shell has resulted in investment, the creation of 150 jobs, and contributions to the Tver Region’s budget in the form of taxes. The Shell lubricants blending plant, opened today, is a top example of the kind of investment we want to attract to the region. This is the most ambitious project implemented by a foreign investor in the Tver Region.”
Shell’s industrial lubricants customers in Russia will now be able to receive bulk delivery of finished lubricants, speeding up delivery times and reducing storage costs. As the plant ramps up to full capacity, there may also be potential to serve neighbouring countries.
Harry Brekelmans, Shell Russia Country Chair, said: “Shell is a major international investor in Russia’s manufacturing sector. Alongside large-scale oil and gas upstream projects, we are expanding the production and marketing of oil products in Russia. I am sure that quality, Shell-branded and ‘made in Russia’ lubricants will mark yet another important step towards reducing Russia’s reliance on imports.”
The plant was constructed to incorporate world-class lubricant blending technology. All processes in the plant are automated and commanded by a control room developed to the latest international standards. The plant is also equipped with a stringent quality control system that conducts tests at all stages of production.
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Notes to editors
- In 2011 Russia was the fifth largest lubricant market in the world, behind the United States, China, India, and Japan. Kline estimates that, in 2012, Russia should surpass Japan as the 4th largest country market. In 201, India, China, Russia and Brazil show the strongest growth due to resurgent industrial activity and growth in their commercial and passenger vehicle parc. (Source: Kline & Company).
- In Europe, Shell also has lubricants blending plants in Germany, Turkey (JV), France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Shell has over 50 plants in its current global network. Shell also has eight base oil manufacturing plants across the world, including in the Netherlands.
- Shell has installed an end-to-end quality control system in the laboratory within each of its lubricants blending plant, which checks at every stage of our production process. This system ensures that products are manufactured and distributed to customers to a high and consistent standard globally. The Torzhok laboratory will be staffed by a team of five qualified staff.
About Shell Lubricants
The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering.
Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Shell Helix®, Shell Rimula®, and Shell Spirax®. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, we blend base oils with additives to make finished lubricants in almost 70 plants, and we distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.
We have more experts talking to more customers than any other lubricants supplier. We have over 350 technical support specialists and 1,000 sales professionals working with customers every day.
We offer a wide range of services in addition to our products, including Shell LubeMatch, a market leading online tool that matches lubricants to vehicles and equipments, and Shell LubeAnalyst, an early warning system that enables our business customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance.
Shell’s world-class technology is applied in our products and technological collaborations. We have four leading lubricants research centres in Germany, the UK, the USA, and Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell) with more than 200 scientists and engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development.
We have 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari and Penske Racing. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
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