The shift towards ultra-low viscosity engine oils poses a variety of technical challenges for base oil manufacturers. Speaking at F+L Week 2019 on 7 March, Dr. David Du, managing director of G-TiBase Oil Technology Co., Ltd, says the market needs better quality base oil to meet the global engine oil’s technical challenge. Many engine oils provide ultra-low viscosity but with too high volatility, says Du.
G-TiBase Oil Technology Company is a joint venture between Yitai Coal Co., Ltd and Jiyang Petrochem – who has more than 20 years’ experience in China’s lubricant industry. The new company was registered in February 2019 in Shanghai, China.
During a commercial presentation entitled “Coal-to-Liquid (CTL) Base Oil,” Du provided background on the joint venture’s new CTL Base Oil Project which, he says, will provide a super high-quality base oil that will “help formulators easily achieve all of the properties that the next generation of engine oils and transmission fluids need.”
The G-TiBase Group III++ delivers high viscosity index, ultra-low Noack volatility and lower CCS. The super high paraffinic content and extremely low impurities ensure excellent performance of CTL base oil over others, says Du. The product has the added benefit of strong economics and ample raw material supply.
G-TiBase signed an ISODEWAXING (IWD) letter of intent with Chevron in the fourth quarter of 2018, with Chevron to design the first IDW unit in the first quarter of 2019. The IDW unit will commence production in 2022 – delivering more than 200,000 tons per year of base oils. Production details are included in the recently published commemorative issue of the Asian Lube Map, published by F&L Asia Ltd.