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ExxonMobil releases five-point plan to help oil and gas operators achieve efficiency and enhance safety

13th November 2014

Tips could help reduce non-productive time and cut operating costs

ExxonMobil releases five-point plan to help oil and gas operators achieve efficiency and enhance safety
To help address the industry’s primary concerns and contribute towards optimum efficiency and safety, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants has harnessed almost 50 years’ industry-leading experience developing synthetic lubricants to create a framework of five practical tips

As the energy exploration and production industry finds itself under increasing pressure to reduce costs and safeguard its workers, operators have had to invest in a multitude of measures to avoid the financial and safety impact of non-productive time (NPT). Industry estimates have placed NPT costs to drilling contractors at between USD 100m and USD 150m annually.

To help address the industry’s primary concerns and contribute towards optimum efficiency and safety, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants has harnessed almost 50 years’ industry-leading experience developing synthetic lubricants to create a framework of five practical tips. The five-point plan offers lubrication product and service recommendations that can potentially help towards reduction or elimination of equipment failure and unscheduled shutdowns, thereby enhancing worker safety, even in the most severe conditions.

 

1. 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.

 

2. Choose synthetic lubricants over mineral oils

While, lubricants may represent a small percentage of an oil and gas firm’s operating costs, simply upgrading to a higher performing lubricant can have a significant impact on long-term maintenance costs. Advancements in lubricant technology, especially when it comes to fully-synthetic based products, has seen significant breakthroughs including extending equipment life, oil drain intervals and improving the overall energy efficiency of equipment.

 

3. Streamline your lubricant inventory

Maintaining equipment with advanced high-capacity lubricants can reduce the number of products which must be purchased, stored and applied to machinery. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

For more information about Mobil SHC branded synthetic lubricants, or any other Mobil-branded products and services, visit mobilindustrial.com.

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