Total recently opened a new state-of-the-art oil blending plant in Russia to enable production of the company’s top-tier lubricants for the local market. The $50 million facility initially will produce 40,000 tons of automotive and industrial lubricants per year, with a scale-up option to increase capacity to 70,000 tons annually.
The new plant, which opened less than two years after the start of construction, is equipped with a fully automated blending system, ultramodern filling lines and a laboratory. Its operations will create 50 new jobs onsite.
"As illustrated by our commitment to major LNG projects, Russia has become a key country for Total," said Patrick Pouyanné, Total chairman and CEO. "In addition to our upstream activities, Russia is also one of the highest-priority development markets for our downstream products, especially lubricants. As a leading global manufacturer and marketer of engine oils and lubricants, we are confident that this new plant will strengthen our position in the local and regional lubricants markets."
The new facility will produce the entire range of Total and Elf lubricant products, including Total Quartz for passenger cars, Total Rubia for commercial vehicles, the Fuel Economy lubricants line and a full range of industrial oils. In addition to the Russian market, Total also plans to ship products to Belarus and a number of countries in Central Asia.
For more information, visit www.lubricants.total.com.