ETRO+, PETRONAS’ unique Group III+ base oil, is now available in the United States, the company announced. The delivery of ETRO+ was recently discharged in New Orleans, Louisiana. Aside from ETRO+, the delivery also includes Group III base oil.
New Orleans is the fifth distribution hub for ETRO+ and ETRO base oils after Malaysia, China, Brazil, and Belgium.
Base oils make up an average of 60 to 80% of finished lubricants. However, the American Petroleum Institute (API), which classifies base stocks into five groupings in Annex E of API 1509, Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS), does not officially recognize “Group III+” as an official category. Group III base stocks are defined under Annex E as containing greater than or equal to 90% saturates and less than or equal to 0.03% sulfur and have a viscosity index (VI) greater than or equal to 120. Group III+ would typically have a higher VI than Group III base stocks.
PETRONAS says its ETRO+ base oils are characterized by high viscosity indices, superior low-temperature performance, and outstanding viscosity-volatility relationship.
PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS, the global Fortune 500 national oil corporation of Malaysia. Established in 2008, PETRONAS Lubricants International manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in more than 90 markets globally. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, PLI has more than 30 marketing offices in 27 countries, managed through regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Turin, Belo Horizonte, Chicago, and Durban.
Currently ranked among the world’s Top 10, PLI is driving an aggressive business growth agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company.