ExxonMobil Invests in R&D in Industrial Lubricants Markets

By Bojan Soc, December 29, 2013

century, Mobil has been an innovator in lubricants technology and has manufactured breakthrough lubricants,” he added. 

Rapid Energy Consumption Growth Calls  for Efficiency

According to EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2013, global energy consumption is expected to grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. Within that period it’s slated to rise from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2010 to 630 quadrillion Btu in 2020 and to 820 quadrillion Btu in 2040 (see chart). This demand will be chiefly driven by China, India, Russia, Brazil and other emerging economies. As conventional sources of energy become more scarce, oil and gas producers will have to broaden their focus and produce hydrocarbon reserves in remote locations and harsh climates, and develop unconventional resources, too. This means that not only would we need a lot more energy in 30 years, but it will be harder to produce and more expensive. Industries will also be affected by pricier energy and that new reality dictates the need for cost optimization and energy efficiency. An important role in securing both will undoubtedly be played by lubricants manufacturers whose smart solutions can help tools and equipment owners save money and spend less energy. And not only that.

“The use of high-quality lubricants also helps reduce work safety risks and environmental harm. They extend intervals between oil changes, increase equipment uptimes and reduce leaks. Fewer lubricant changes mean less staff exposure to dangerous parts of the equipment. Also, a high-quality synthetic lubricant saves energy, meaning you burn less fuel to produce that energy and thus reduce emissions, which translates into smaller environmental harm,” Kirill Chervyakov, ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants EMEA marketing advisor told reporters. 

In his presentation entitled “New Look on Productivity” Chervyakov spoke at length about the advantages of Mobil industrial lubricants, which – besides high-quality products – also includes Mobil Planning and Engineering Service (Mobil PES), as well as Signum Oil Analysis, a sophisticated online program for monitoring in-use condition of Mobil lubricants. With six offices in Russia, one in Kiev, and a distributor in Kazakhstan, ExxonMobil is capable of providing a full package of products and services to clients, added Chervyakov.

Leading by Example

Backing up his words, Chervyakov cited several proofs of Mobil lubricants’ performance in different industry segments. One such story described the case of Mobil SHC 524 lubricant used in a hydraulic system at an oil rig in Russia. The lubricant was operating successfully under a wide range of extreme ambient temperatures, ranging from -50 C to 30 C. With additional 8,000 hours monitoring, Mobil SHC 524 maintained its high performance properties and continued to provide customer benefits.

In Turkey, Mobil SHC 629 lubricants increased rolling speed by 55 percent at an aluminum plant while creating a $660,000 annual benefit generated from increased uptime, reduced labor and spare parts cost.

In Germany, Ostendorf, the local maker of polypropylene pipes for sewerage systems strived to enhance energy efficiency and ultimately achieved an average 3.3 percent energy savings by using Mobil SHC Gear