May 2012
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Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Lube Oil

Commercial lubricant base oil production technologies (traditional refining, hydroprocessing, gas-to-liquids (GTL), and poly-alpha-olefin (PAO)) and developing biotechnologies have been reviewed. Process economics have been developed in the context of increasingly favorable natural gas prices and more stringent environmental regulations. Regional supply/demand balance for lube oils are included.