US research shows improved performance with top-tier oils

11 November 2011 21:47  [Source: ICIS news]

Houston (ICIS)--Tests conducted on low viscosity, top-tier base oils revealed improvements in the performance of vehicle axel and gear-boxes, a US-based researcher said on Friday at the National Petroleum Refiners Association (NPRA) Lube & Wax conference.

Evaluations from tests conducted on heavy duty vehicles revealed performance benefits from the premium low-vis base oils that could aid in meeting the US government's 2010 Heavy Duty National Program targeting 20% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the heavy fleet.

“Low viscosity top-tier oils showed improved fuel efficiency in all tests,” said Rafael Herrera of Shell’s Westhollow Research Center.

Shell’s tests on the low viscosity base oils comprise some of the work being done toward producer concerns in meeting the effects of world energy demand that is expected to double by 2020, Herrera said.

“Suppliers will have to struggle to keep pace,” he said. “There will be no more easy oil.”

The NPRA Lube & Wax conference ends on Friday.

By: Judith Taylor
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