ADNOC guarantees ADbase specification as Group III+ Base Oil

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, today, that its Group III Base Oil, ADbase, will now be sold with a new guaranteed specification, placing it in the elite Group III+ category of base oils. The company also announced that it has obtained more approvals for the European market.

Muhra Al Suwaidi, Acting Vice President of Base Oil and Special Product Sales, in ADNOC’s Marketing, Supply and Trading Directorate, said: “ADbase has a solid reputation as a high quality, reliable and consistent Group III+ base oil. Produced in large volumes from Abu Dhabi’s light, high paraffinic crude oil, we are pleased to provide our customers with a new guaranteed specification for our premium quality base oil. For lubricant manufacturers, a higher grade base oil is an optimal option for top tier lubricants, while for customers a higher quality base oil means better fuel efficiency for their cars.” 

The new ADbase specification guarantees are: 


Viscosity Index (VI)


ADbase 4cSt



ADbase 6cSt



ADbase 8cSt




ADbase is produced by ADNOC in Abu Dhabi and sold internationally through a network of exclusive sellers. This includes, Penthol C.V. for the United States of America, Chemlube S.A. for Europe, Xiamen Sinolook Co. Ltd. for China, and ADNOC Distribution, the UAE’s largest fuel and convenience store operator, for the GCC region. 

ADNOC Refining produces up to 500,000 metric tons per year of high quality Group III base oil and around 100,000 metric tons per year of Group II base oil, at its Ruwais refinery in Abu Dhabi. 

ADbase has a high Viscosity Index (VI) making it an ideal lubricant component, ensuring efficiency and fuel economy for high performance engines, while meeting ever stringent environmental regulations.

In the European market, ADNOC has already completed ACEA C2/C3/C5-16, API SP, BMW LL-04, MB-229.31/51/52 and OPEL OV 0401547 approvals, and is actively working with additive companies to achieve even more Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) formulation approvals.

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