Engen Petroleum Ltd., with headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa, recently introduced Petronas’ Disrol range of marine diesel engine oils to the African and Indian Ocean Island coastal territories.
John Kennedy, Engen’s lubricants business manager, says there are eight products in the series – six of them are intended for slow two-stroke cross-head applications, and two for medium-speed four-stroke trunk piston applications. These are supplemented by the Genmarine HD product from Engen for high speed applications.
“All in all, we are excited to serve the market with nine super-performance products,” says Kennedy. “Other non-engine marine applications are covered by our vast range of ancillary products.”
With Engen’s marine and maritime involvement going back many years, it makes up a growing portion of its lubricants business in South Africa.
“We see it as a value-adding service and growth opportunity to support maritime industries around Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. We believe our differentiated service and supply chain has the overall footprint to serve the various countries’ needs in the ports they represent,” says Kennedy.
With headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa, Engen Petroleum is present in more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. Engen is 80% owned by Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas). The remaining stake is held by Pembani, formerly the Worldwide African Investment Holdings.
Petronas operates in the African lubricants market north of the Sahara through Petronas Lubricants International (PLI), while Engen markets a full range of its own brand of automotive and industrial lubricants and that of PLI in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the Indian Ocean Islands.