Time Lwart·17/11/2023·6 minutes

Expansion: Lwart will become the second largest re-refinery in the world!

The company will invest in the construction of a new plant for the re-refining of used lubricating oil

Lwart Environmental Solutions has announced an investment of 1 billion reais for the expansion of the Lençóis Paulista industrial park, in the countryside of São Paulo state.

That will bring significant and positive transformations not only in the region, but it will also impact the entire country.

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Plans for the future

With the investment, the processing capacity of used or contaminated lubricating oil will grow by 50%, from the current 240 million liters/year to 360 million liters/year.

Therefore, when the new plant comes into operation in 2025, the company will become the second- largest re-refinery in the world.

National reference

The expansion will allow Lwart Environmental Solutions to produce a larger volume of high-performance base oil – called Group II.

It is worth pointing out that this is the product that Brazil needs to import for not being self-sufficient in its production.

“Lwart collects used lubricating oil throughout the national territory, and with the expansion, we should grow even more in capillarity.That will ensure that a greater volume of waste is managed correctly and that there is, consequently, a greater production of Group II base oil in the country. We are talking about high technology to transform a waste product into an oil of extreme quality and that even reduces the need for imports, given that Brazil is not self-sufficient in the production of this type of oil. As the re-refining process can be done infinitely, there is a very positive impact on environmental preservation", says Thiago Trecenti, President of Lwart Environmental Solutions.

The president also adds:

“The fact that the ESG indicators have definitively entered the global agenda contributes directly to the increase in demand for the solutions offered by Lwart, which was already born with the DNA of sustainability”.

Another relevant point to be highlighted is jobs creation.

During the construction of the new plant, up to 1,200 new jobs are expected.

After the construction period, the company estimates that 400 direct jobs will be added to the operation.

OLUC – the sustainability villain

The used or contaminated lubricating oil, known as OLUC, is a hazardous waste and one of the environment and health main villains.

That happens due to the high contamination power of water, soil, and air when disposed of incorrectly.

In Brazil, the legislation stipulates that the only correct destination for OLUC is the re-refining process, a kind of recycling that, through technology, transforms the waste into base oil for new lubricants production.

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• State-of-the-art technology

The management of OLUC carried out by Lwart sets the benchmark for the sector and it´s an example of the circular economy.

The technology used by the company allows the transformation and maximizes the reuse of the already- used lubricating oil that enters the industrial process.

Most of this waste is transformed into high-performance base oil and reinserted into the production chain, which process can be done endless times. That maintains the characteristics and quality of a first-refining product.

The rest of the process generates by-products, such as heat-generating fuel for the plant itself and an asphaltic compound used in building sector.

“We continuously invest in innovation and technology to improve our productivity and the quality of our products. That places us as a national and international reference in reverse logistics and in the transformation of OLUC, and we understand that we can contribute a lot to the country development and the future of the planet", adds Trecenti.

New OLUC re-refining plant

  • 1 billion reais invested

  • 26 thousand m2 of built area in the expansion

  • + 120 million liters per year of production capacity

  • 1200 new indirect jobs during construction

  • + 400 direct jobs expected in the operation after construction

  • Lwart is a 100% Brazilian company

Lwart in the media

One of the greatest newspapers in Brazil in the economics and business field, Valor Econômico, spoke exclusively to Thiago Trecenti.

For the publication, the president of Lwart highlighted more information about the expansion and upcoming projects.

Today, the company is the national leader in collecting and re-refining used or contaminated lubricating oil segment, and the only producer of high-performance base oils (Group II) in Latin America from this waste.

As a company that has transformation in its DNA and sustainability as its main pillar, it also collects, disposes of, and transforms several types of commercial and industrial solid waste.

There are about 80 thousand customers served every year and 19 temporary waste storage units spread throughout Brazil.

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