Group III base oils help meet durability requirements – Infineum

02 December 2011 19:19  [Source: ICIS news]

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (ICIS)--Group III base oils can aid blending packages to meet the challenges of durability requirements in the heavy duty diesel oil (HDDO) segment, a representative of UK-based Infineum said.

Speaking at the 7th ICIS Pan-American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference, Jeff Thompson said, “Engine oil lubricant systems use energy in pumping and frictional impact can create durability issues.”

He added, “Looking at durability and fuel economy has provided clues suggesting that lower viscosity base stocks can provide a benefit.”

The HDDO segment currently uses and SAE 15W-40 viscosity oil in about 83% of the market, Thompson said.

Legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and raise fleet fuel economy standards, with a potential mandate under consideration by the US Environmental Agency (EPA), is being discussed.

“Group III’s and polyalphaolefins [PAOs] are what will be needed,” Thompson said.

The ICIS conference ends on Friday.

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