Total has opened a new $50 million blending and production plant in the Kaluga region enabling localized top-tier lubricant production for the Russian market. The facility, which has created 50 new jobs, will initially produce 40,000 tons of automotive and industrial lubricants annually, and is capable of scaling up to 70,000 tons.
Despite spanning seven hectares, the plant opens less than two years after the start of construction. The facility comes equipped with a fully automated blending system and cutting-edge filling lines.
Speaking at the plant's unveiling, Chairman and CEO of Total, Patrick Pouyanné, said: “As illustrated by our commitment to major LNG projects in the Arctic, Russia has become a key country for Total. In addition to our upstream activities, Russia is also one of the highest priority development markets for our marketing and services and downstream products, especially lubricants.”
Speaking specifically about the new plant, Mr Pouyanné added: "With this new production & blending facility opening in Kaluga, we are showing our strong dedication to our Russian customers. This new plant will strengthen our position in the Russian and Central Asian markets.”