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GHG reduction can be maximised if production is scalable so plants can be located near feedstocks or customers. And, of course the Base Oils would be biodegradable.


Large and small companies are investing in solutions that meet some or all these criteria.


The solutions will be evolutionary As new sustainable Base Oil technologies emerge, market penetration will be evolutionary, similar to the introduction of Group II/III Base Oils. Importantly, new Base Oils need to be compatible with mineral oil formulations and blend plants. If they equal or surpass PAO, they will be used as a super high-performance correction fluid in the near and medium term. As supply expands, specifications will tighten to 0W-16, 0W-12 and even 0W-8 levels. Demand will grow.


Summary – A dynamic new Base Oil world is coming


The Base Oil industry is responding to the need for renewable, sustainable, biodegradable Base Oils. In response to LCA, they will need to have minimal climate impacts while delivering equal or superior performance to existing mineral oil options. Adoption will be gradual as supply comes on line and performance testing is completed. The bottom line is the market needs sustainability, biodegradability and superior performance.


Initially lubricant blenders will be challenged in meeting diverse market needs while minimising the number of Base Oils they carry, but transitioning to sustainable Base Oils will likely be required as they become more readily available. Early movers will benefit, just as the early movers to Group III did.


LINKS


novvi.com Chevronbaseoils.com


Authors: Jeffrey Brown, Founder, President and CEO, Novvi LLC Jeff is a pioneer in renewable solutions. Before founding Novvi he was instrumental in bringing new technologies to market at five different companies committed to


lowering the carbon footprint in industries as diverse as solar, materials science and petroleum. Novvi’s mission is bringing sustainability and industry-leading performance to the Base Oil and specialty chemicals industries.


Luyen Vo, Sr. Manager, Global Technical Sales & Business Development, Chevron Base Oils Luyen’s more that 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes roles in refining, process engineering, supply chain, strategic investment analysis, procurement and commercial sales for Base Oils. Her current role casts an eye to the future, seeking solutions to the evolving technical and performance challenges of the Base Oil industry.


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