This is the digital version of Lubes em Foco Magazine – issue 89
Acelen investing in refining in Brazil
With the sale of the Landulpho Alves Refinery (Rlam) and its associated logistics assets in Bahia by Petrobras to the Mubadala Capital group, with the payment of US$ 1.8 billion to the state-owned company, the company Acelen was created to assume from December 1, 2021 the management of Rlam, which was renamed Mataripe Refinery. Acelen today has more than 1,200 employees distributed among the Mataripe Refinery, the Madre de Deus, Jequié, Itabuna and Candeias Logistics Terminals in Bahia, an office in São Paulo and 4 operational branches in the States of Amazonas, Pará, Maranhão and Pernambuco. It is responsible for about 42% of the supply of the entire Northeast region, with an investment of more than R$ 1.1 billion in 2022. It operates in the production of fuels (diesel, gasoline, aviation kerosene, bunker oil, LPG and fuel oils), lubricating base oils, petrochemical products, specialties (special gases, paraffins, solvents and sulfur) and asphalt.
Hybrid vehicles and the challenges to lubricants
The volume of mild (MHEV)- and full (FHEV)-hybrid vehicles is growing rapidly in Latin America, both in terms of consumer demand and production. It’s a positive sign and a reflection of market desires and government incentives and policies that have the potential to transform the makeup of vehicles on the roads in Central and South America within a few years.
Plasticizers for rubbers
The development of a new formulation for the manufacture of rubber artifacts, with characteristics that meet the specifications where the requirements are increasing, leads the "Formulating Technologist" to a constant search for information, with the maximum precision about each ingredient to be used in the composition. When, due to the needs of application and use the artifact must be manufactured with some type of high performance elastomer, the care in the choice of ingredients is even greater, because it is essential a thorough analysis of each property of the ingredients, such as physicochemical characteristics, compatibility with the other elements of the limit composition in the contents used, etc., data that if not carefully analyzed may cause failures with irreparable damage.
Analysis of oil in use
Considering the importance and benefits of monitoring lubricants in use, an important aspect to consider is sample collection. It is the first stage of the analysis of oil in use and is extremely important for the success of the monitoring program. The sample needs to be as representative as possible of the lubricant in circulation in the equipment.