ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants has released a five-point plan at ADIPEC for the use of lubricants which it says can help oil and gas operators optimise operational efficiency and enhance safety
To help contribute towards optimum efficiency and safety, ExxonMobil has harnessed almost 50 years’ experience developing synthetic lubricants to create a framework of five practical tips. The five-point plan offers lubrication product and service recommendations that it claims can help cut down on equipment failure and unscheduled shutdowns, thereby enhancing worker safety, even in the most severe conditions.
Conduct oil condition monitoring
As part of routine maintenance, the ‘health’ of the lubricant and the equipment itself should be regularly checked. By trending oil analysis data, it is possible to proactively address undesirable conditions before they result in equipment downtime. ExxonMobil offers Signum, a proprietary oil analysis programme, which sends maintenance professionals expert oil analysis assessments to identify potential issues, lists possible causes and recommends corrective actions.
Choose synthetic lubricants over mineral oils
Although lubricants may represent a small percentage of operating costs, simply upgrading to a higher-performing lubricant can have a significant impact on long-term maintenance costs. Advancements in lubricant technology, especially in fully synthetic-based products, have led to significant breakthroughs, including extending equipment life, oil drain intervals and improving the overall energy efficiency of equipment.
Streamline your lubricant inventory
Maintaining equipment with advanced high-capacity lubricants can reduce the number of products needed. This means fewer purchases and simplified maintenance. The Mobil SHC 600 Series of circulating and gear oils, for example, are recommended for use in 1,800 applications by more than 500 major equipment builders, claims the company.
Store and handle lubricants correctly
Specialist lubricants for oil and gas operations are formulated to satisfy very specific kinds of service. If not handled and stored properly, they can deteriorate or become contaminated and provide inadequate lubrication or become waste. Good storage and handling practice includes correct unloading procedures and use of a single, designated storage area (to avoid inventory management difficulties). Storage should be away from heaters, cold areas and areas of varying temperatures cycles.
Select the most appropriate lubricants for your equipment
Choosing the most appropriate lubricants for equipment is complex. The right choice can help to optimise performance, avoiding the mistakes which can lead to downtime and helping to deliver substantial efficiency and cost benefits.
ExxonMobil’s LoobleSM selector tool helps determine the most appropriate lubricant and viscosity grade for use from a range of criteria, including application and equipment type and manufacturer.