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Castrol India launches new fully synthetic motorcycle engine oil

Castrol India Limited announced the launch of its new fully synthetic motorcycle engine oil Castrol® Power1® Ultimate on November 30. Castrol® Power1® Ultimate meets the requirements of API SN and JASO MA, JASO MA2, and JASO MB. The motorcycle engine oil is also backward compatible with older API passenger car engine oil categories, although it […]

Chevron announces leadership changes

Al Williams, currently managing director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit, promoted to VP, Corporate Affairs Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) appointed Al Williams vice president of corporate affairs, effective March 1, 2021. Chevron also appointed Paul Antebi vice president and general tax counsel, effective February 1, 2021. Williams, 52, succeeds Dale […]

Vopak and BlackRock complete acquisition of 3 Dow terminals in U.S. Gulf Coast

Royal Vopak, the world’s leading independent tank storage company, and BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund (GEPIF) have successfully completed the acquisition of three major industrial terminals from Dow in the U.S. Gulf Coast. This acquisition was announced on 14 September 2020. Dow had selected the new 50-50 joint venture of Royal Vopak and […]

UK lube maker Vickers Oils appoints Nick Clague as technical director

UK independent lubricant manufacturer Vickers Oils announced the appointment of Nick Clague as its new technical director. Clague succeeds Chris Wholley, who took over the position of managing director of Vickers Oils earlier this year. With more than 20 years of experience, Clague has worked on developing industrial additives including, heavy duty diesel additives. He […]

MHI invests in Australia’s green hydrogen and green ammonia projects

Japan’s engineering and manufacturing heavyweight, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has agreed to make a capital investment in H2U Investments, the holding entity of the H2U Group. The H2U Group includes The Hydrogen Utility (H2U), the leading Australian developer of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects using power derived from renewable energy sources. The agreement […]

Chevron Oronite confirms Chinese additives production to start in 2021

Chevron Oronite said it remains on track to begin commercial production at its Ningbo, China additives manufacturing plant in 2021, as originally scheduled, despite the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in lockdowns in China earlier this year. Australia’s WorleyParsons was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the China Manufacturing Plant Project in August […]

The future of road transport: Greater convenience. Greater congestion.

Climate change has been linked to more frequent, erratic, and severe weather. Higher global temperatures are worsening many types of disasters including storms, heatwaves, floods, and droughts. Ignoring the temperature rise is not an option. To mitigate climate change and attain the goals outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, we need a dramatic decrease in […]

What does the future of transport in developing Asia look like?

Experts say technology alone will not save us from our past transport sins The basics of urban transport are quite old and have hardly changed over the past hundred years. If we look back at the 1920s, we used the same modes of transport — car, bus, train, and bike. Since then, we have just […]

For how long will ashless dispersant aviation engine oils be around?

By Dr. Raj Shah, Dr. Mathias Woydt, Stefan Lim When asked for an example of an air-cooled engine, many people will mention the Porsche 911 Carrera, known for its top-of-the-line air-cooled flat-six engine, the so-called ‘Boxer’ engine. Known by many as the ‘air-cooled 911s’, the final iteration of Porsche’s flat-six air-cooled engine was discontinued after […]

Renewable methanol more cost-competitive than advanced biofuels?

The price of any sustainable fuel will naturally reflect the required capital expenditure and operating costs. Given the right conditions, the current cost of renewable methanol produced with “reasonable” electricity rates is around EUR150 or USD179 per megawatt-hour (Mwh), says Thomas Cotter, business development manager at specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant. This places renewable methanol “on […]

Electro-mobility: Politics should not dictate science

If there is one thing that Covid-19 has taught us, it is that politics should not dictate science. Scientific method is an objective way to discover the true nature of things and to minimise bias. However, we have seen persistent efforts to cast doubt on scientific discovery throughout this pandemic. Sure, science will always be […]

Releasing the brakes on electric vehicles

In the past, OEMs have been accused of putting the brakes on the rollout of electric vehicles once compliance has been achieved, delaying a crucial shift to e-mobility. In this transport-focused issue of F+L Magazine Online we investigate the role of politics versus science in the adoption of electric vehicles. A global shift to electrification […]

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