ABB successfully starts up new lube oil blending plant for Oryx in West Africa

Aix-les-Bains, France, April 10, 2012 - ABB announced the recent start-up of the new Lube Oil Blending Plant (LOBP) built by Oryx Lubrifiants Togo SA, an affiliate of Oryx Oil & Gas, part of the Addax & Oryx Group, in Togo, West Africa. Oryx’s lubricant business focuses on the mining industry but is also working to expand in the marine market and other parts of the industrial lubricant segment.

Located in the free trade zone of the Lomé harbour, this new LOBP is a grass-roots project. ABB provided the basic design, detailed engineering, procurement, commissioning and start-up for the plant. The scope of supply included a ten ton Automatic Batch Blender with a mass flow metering collector, one Drum Decanting System, one tanker unloading system with its 8” pigged line and the Lubcel™ Control System with a VPN connection for the automatic management of production activities. ABB also supplied the valves, instruments, pumps, filters and pipe fittings.

This new LOBP was successfully made operational in the summer of 2011 and now runs to their complete satisfaction. Oryx Lubrifiants Togo SA aims to reach an output capacity of 18,000 tons/year in one shift to serve all segments and markets in West Africa, especially the needs of the minerals and mining industry.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers industry specific solutions and services for industrial automation and plant electrification. These solutions help customers meet their critical business needs in the areas of energy efficiency, operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management, and global responsibility. Available industry specific solutions include process control, instrumentation, analytics, safety, plant optimization, telecommunications, energy management and power distribution..

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

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