Singapore Lube Park, the first shared lubricants facility in the world, has officially opened in Tuas, Singapore. The facility’s shared facilities include an import-export jetty, pipelines and a tank farm with a capacity of 159,000 cubic metres, which will support the joint-venture partners’ separate lubricant blending and grease manufacturing facilities, storage and warehouse located adjacent to the Singapore Lube Park.
Singapore Lube Park Pte Ltd is a joint venture between Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd, Sinopec Lubricant (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Total Oil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. It was designed and built by Singapore-based Rotary Engineering and Antara Koh. Around 60 people are currently employed at the Singapore Lube Park.
Sinopec's lubricants blending and grease manufacturing facility has been operational since 2013. It is Sinopec's first lube blending facility outside China. The Sinopec plant has an initial capacity to produce more than 100,000 metric tonnes per year (MTPY) of lubricating oils and greases with about 70% geared towards oils and 30% towards greases.
Total Oil Asia Pacific, which started operating its facility last year, closed down its two older lube blending plants in Singapore with a combined capacity of 180,000 MTPY, to make way for this brand new plant in Tuas with a capacity of 310,000 MTPY.
Shell Eastern Petroleum started construction of its lube oil blending plant and grease manufacturing plant early this year. When completed, Shell’s new facility is expected to have an increased capacity of approximately 40% and will supply customers in more than 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The 100% Shell-owned facility will replace its existing plant in Woodlands North.
"This project exemplifies Singapore's effort to foster win-win partnerships between companies to achieve synergies and optimise resources such as land,” said EDB Assistant Managing Director Lim Kok Kiang.
The joint venture partners companies did not disclose their investment in the facility, which was established with help from Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) and JTC Corporation.