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Shell unveils new lubricants blending plant in Russia

Shell has opened a major new lubricants blending plant – and it’s the first such facility built by an international oil company in Russia.

The new base in Torzhok, in the Tver region north-west of Moscow, will supply a range of finished consumer, transport and industrial lubricants to customers in Russia. It can blend up to 200 million liters 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 VP, 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.

The investment will mean that 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 neighboring countries, said a spokesperson.

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.

4 October 2012


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