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ExxonMobil and General Electric (GE) recently announced the launch of a new gas turbine oil to increase energy efficiency. Mobil SHC 918 EE incorporates a new technology to improve turbine bearing efficiency by up to 15 percent compared to conventional ISO VG 32 turbine oils.
Designed for use in multi-shaft GE gas turbines, the technology is intended to help power plant operators reduce energy consumption and the cost to produce power.
“Many operators may not think about the importance of gas turbine oil, but this new technology developed in partnership with ExxonMobil delivers step-out performance that can singlehandedly deliver an impactful efficiency improvement,” said John Lammas, vice president of engineering for GE Power.
In addition to greater bearing efficiency, Mobil SHC 918 EE has been developed with thermal stability characteristics to limit the occurrence of varnish and enhance overall turbine reliability.
“Working with the GE team over the past several years has helped us develop a truly next-generation product that can deliver dramatic results for gas turbine operators across the U.S. and around the world,” said Tim Hinchman, director of strategic global alliances at ExxonMobil. “Mobil SHC 918 EE utilizes our latest technology to reduce gas consumed per kW generated and improve bearing efficiency by up to 15 percent. By making the switch to this new gas turbine oil, operators can save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, depending on their operation, while maintaining strong reliability.”
For more information, visit www.ge.com/power.