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Lubricant Market

The Government has appointed PUCSL as the shadow regulator for the Lubricants Market. Legislative enactments are currently pending, which would enable the PUCSL to fully regulate the downstream Petroleum Industry.
As the shadow regulator of the lubricants market, the PUCSL advises the Ministry of Petroleum Industries on policy and regulatory matters with respect to liberalization of the lubricants industry. When the lubricant market was further liberalized in 2006, PUCSL assisted and advised the Ministry of Petroleum Industries in formulating the policy framework and market entry criteria in order to ensure that only quality lubricants meeting internationally accepted standards are allowed into the market. PUCSL assisted the Ministry of Petroleum in executing the necessary agreements with the selected market participants.

How is lubricant market regulated?

The lubricant market is regulated and governed under the provisions of the Petroleum Products (Special Provisions) Act No. 33 of 2002 and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Act No. 28 of 1961.
The importation, exportation, blending, production, sale, supply and distribution of lubricants including greases require specific authorization from the Government.
Authorization is granted only to qualified parties who possess proper technical knowhow and adequate financial capability, to ensure that substandard products do not enter the market.
Therefore, when using lubricants, only lubricants manufactured and marketed by authorized parties should be selected.

What is a lubricant?

A lubricant is a liquid (engine oil, gear oil, automotive transmission fluid) or semi-solid substance(greases) which prevents direct contact between two adjacent moving parts of machinery. Lubricants can be mineral based made from petroleum or synthetic formulation made from pure chemical compounds.

What does a lubricant do to your vehicle?

Lubricants prevent direct contact between two adjacent moving parts of an engine and protect the engine from wear. Not using the correct type of lubricant, as recommended by the engine manufacturer, would cause irreparable damage to the engine.

What is the correct lubricant for your vehicle?

Automobile manufacturers recommend the quality standard of lubricant to be used. This is usually indicated in the owner’s manual/handbook. If one is not available, you may check with the respective agent of the manufacturer of the vehicle.

What will happen if you use higher/lower grade lubricant to your vehicle?

Never use a lubricant below the recommended quality standard as this will damage the engine. Using a lubricant of higher quality than recommended can give added benefits such as lower wear and tear, higher fuel efficiency, extended oil drain intervals, extended engine lifespan, etc. Higher quality lubricants are generally formulated to support the requirements of low emission engine designs.
Unlike other products where the quality of the product will be noted almost immediately, the effect of using substandard lubricants will only be seen after it has caused much damage to the engine. Therefore, using the correct lubricant in your vehicle is very important.
There are different standards for gasoline engine oils, diesel engine oils, four stroke motorcycle engine oils, two stroke engine oils, automatic transmission fluids, gear oils and greases. The quality standard that the lubricant meets is indicated on the lubricant can/package.

What are the Quality Standards for lubricants?

In the international market, the quality of lubricants is governed by the standards issued by organizations such as American Petroleum Institute (API) and Japanese Automobile Standards Organization (JASO) as well as individual Original Equipment Manufacturers.
The Sri Lanka Standards Institute has developed Sri Lanka Standards for main lubricant categories, which have been stipulated by the Government as the minimum standards for lubricants and greases in Sri Lanka. PUCSL has coordinated the preparation of Sri Lanka Standards by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute and served as a member of the Standards Committee.

Currently valid standards are given below;

Type of Lubricant Minimum Standard Equivalent International Standard Other Standards Above Minimum Standard

Gasoline Engine Oil

SLSI 1374/2009

API SJ

API SL, API SM

Diesel Engine Oil

SLSI 1373/2009

API CF

API CF-2, API CG-4, API CH-4, API CL-4, API CJ-4

Two Stroke Engine Oil

SLSI 1446/2012

JASO FC

JASO FD

Four Stroke Motorcycle Engine Oil

SLSI 1409/2011

API SG and JASO MA

API SL and JASO MA , API SM and JASO MA, API SL and JASO MA

Automotive Gear Oil

SLSI 1396/2010

API GL 4

API GL 5, API GL 6

Automatic Transmission Oil

DEXRON IID, DEXRON III MERCON, ALLISON C4, JASO M315 Type Group A

DEXRON IID, DEXRON III MERCON, ALLISON C4, JASO M315 Type Group A

OEM Recommended Oils

Grease

SLSI 1424/2011

NLGI LA

NLGI LB, NLGI GA, NLGI GB NLGI GC

API – American Petroleum Institute
JASO – Japanese Automobile Standards Organization
DEXRON – Standard developed by General Motors International
MERCON – Standard developed by Ford Motor Company
ALLISON – Standard developed by Allison Transmission Company
NLGI – National Lubricating Grease Institute, USA

Parties presently authorized to market lubricants and authorized brand names are as follows;

Brand(s) Nominee Contact Details of the Nominee


(BP, Castrol)

Associated Motorways Private Limited

Tel: 011-2309389
E-mail: bpcastrol@amwltd.com


(Hyrax)

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation

Tele:011-5663314, 077-2932815
E-mail: krishantha@ceypetco.gov.lk


(Motul)

Dymanic Motors Limited

Tele: 011-4343744
E-mail: nadun@dynamic.lk





(Caltex, Chevron, Texaco, Lanka Lubricants)

Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC

Tel: 011-2370470 (toll free)
E-mail:contactus@chevron.com


(Greatwall)

InterOcean Lubricants Limited

Tele : 011-4799100
E-mail: lubes@interocean.lk

(Servo)

Lanka IOC PLC

Tel: 011-2475420
E-mail: lankaioc@lankaioc.com


(Laugfs Oil)

Laugfs Lubricants Limited

Tel: 011-5339861/3, 077-1646033
E-mail: gamini.amarasekera @laugfs.lk




(ExxonMobil, Esso, Mobil)

McLarens Lubricants Limited

Tele : 011-4799155
E-mail: secretariat@mclarenslubes.lk


(Shell)

N. M. Distributors (Pvt) Limited

Tel: 011-5740681, 077-7270993
E-mail: nmdist@sltnet.lk


(Elf, Total)

Nawaloka ABC Petroleum (Pvt) Limited

Tel: 011-2937937/38, 077-2442578
E-mail: sabtotal@ashfordint.net


(Toyota)

Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Limited

Tel: 011-2939000, 011-2941561
E-mail: tgmo_info@toyota.lk


(MAK)

TVS Automotives(Pvt) Limited

Tel: 011-4797200
E-mail:info@tvsauto.lk


(Valvoline)

United Motors Lanka Limited

Tel: 011-4797278, 011-4797200,077-7874569
E-mail priyanthae@unitedmotors.lk