Blasts Rocks Husky Refinery in Superior Wisconsin

Blasts Rocks Husky Refinery in Superior Wisconsin

A fire and explosions rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior Wisconsin yesterday (April 26th). According to witnesses, the fire sent plumes of black smoke across the city and there was a mass evacuation. The product involved in the explosion and fire is believed to be crude oil or asphalt.

According to the latest update, local authorities declared the fire at the Husky Energy Superior Refinery out around 6:45 p.m. (CT) on April 26, 2018. Additional fire prevention measures are being taken, and the situation will continue to be closely monitored. All workers at the refinery have been accounted for. There were, however, several people injured during the incident and taken to hospital.

The Husky refinery produces gasoline, asphalt and other specialty petroleum products. Husky Energy acquire the refinery from Calumet for $492 million in November 2017. According to its most recent earnings release, Husky Energy said the Superior refinery had averaged 37,000 barrels per day of production in the first three months of this year.

NOVVI LLC Gains Denison HFO Approval; First Of Its Kind

novaspecNovvi LLC announced that it has secured Denison HF-0, HF-1, and HF-2 approval on hydraulic oil using Novvi’s NovaSpec EL34 base oil.

“From the very beginning of the molecular design of NovaSpec base oil and the formulation of our hydraulic fluid, the Denison HF-0 was a key target. ” noted Dr. Paula Vettel, Director of Formulations at Novvi. “Our customers wanted a product that met the most challenging industry standards, delivering both performance and environmental standards of renewability, biodegradability, and toxicity” continued Vettel.

The securing of a Denison HF-0 approval, together with NovaSpec EL34’s position on the EU ECOLABEL Lubricants Substances Classification (LuSC) list, is a first of its kind. Novvi’s NovaSpec EL34 customers can use the base oil to meet Denison HF-0, as well as meet ECOLABEL requirements along with other environmental specifications such as VGP.

“We are proud of the collaborative effort between ourselves and our additive partners” continued Vettel. ‘We brought our NovaSpec base oils and our understanding of how to formulate with it, and delivered what our customers view as an important approval to gaining business around the world. ‘

Typically, the base oils used to meet EU ECOLABEL are based on various types of natural and synthetic esters. But those esters are prone to breakdown in the demanding conditions that Denison requires to pass its T6H20C pump and bench tests for HF-0 certification.

Novvi has made its base oil available to its customers as well as rebrand opportunities for its proprietary formulations. Customers have already begun to secure rebrand approvals from Denison. Novvi has finally delivered a product that meets the performance expectations of hydraulic users around the world along with the environmental benefits to protect it.

Novvi LLC is the market leader in renewable oils and is a venture of Amyris, Inc., American Refining Group, Inc., Chevron USA, Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio, Hansen & Rosenthal Group, and. Novvi produces targeted hydrocarbon molecules from plant sugar for automotive, industrial, marine, and construction applications at unbeatable economics. Novvi designs the best oils ever built to meet the demands of the advanced machine world. Learn more at

Quest Resource Holding Corporation Brings Its Used Motor Oil Recycling Program to Shell Lubricant Customers

ClientLogoQuest Resource Holding Corporation, a national provider of corporate sustainability services, is introducing a used motor oil recycling program at locations across the United States for customers using the Shell portfolio of motor oil products.

“Quest is delighted to help customers using Shell motor oil products to recycle their waste lubricants,” said Ray Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of Quest. “Quest is committed to providing the highest level of service and an environmentally sound oil recycling program.”

Quest is working with customers to provide a ready-made solution to see that the Shell portfolio of motor oil products used by customers are safely collected and recycled.

Quest’s waste reduction and disposal solutions cover more than 100 waste streams across North America. Quest’s national footprint allows it to provide disposal and recycling solutions for companies across the United States in a variety of industries, including fleet and automotive after service. Last year alone, Quest ensured that more than 40 million gallons of used motor oil and approximately 19 million used tires were properly recycled.

About Quest Resource Holding Corporation
Quest is a national provider of reuse, recycling, and disposal services that enable our customers to achieve and satisfy their environmental and sustainability goals and responsibilities. Quest provides businesses across multiple industry sectors with single source solutions for the reuse, recycling, and disposal of a wide variety of waste streams and recyclables generated by their operations. Quest’s customers typically are multi-location businesses for which we create, implement, and manage customer-specific programs for the collection, processing, recycling, disposal, and tracking of waste streams and recyclables. Quest also provides information and data that tracks and reports the environmental results of Quest’s services, provides actionable data to improve business operations, and enables Quest’s customers to achieve and satisfy their environmental and sustainability goals and responsibilities. For more information, visit

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