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Sponsored Video: Cleaner Motor Oil From Natural Gas

Sponsored Video: Cleaner Motor Oil From Natural Gas

Jun 6, 2014


There have been an observation among the technology industry that automotive companies are, relatively, slow to innovate. Well, petroleum giant Shell sure wants you to reconsider with this innovation.

Last March, resulting from 40 years of research and development, Shell announced its new PurePlus Technology that is touted to revolutionize the way base oils are manufactured.

Clear base oils, which are the main component of motor oils used in literally every engine available nowadays, are typically made either from refining crude oil or through chemical synthesis. This new technology from Shell, however, is the first-of-its kind base oil that is made from natural gas, arguably the cleanest burning fossil fuel known to man.

Today, motorists in the United States (and soon, the world) are now enjoying the benefits of the said technology with Shell’s Pennzoil Platinum and Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic motor oils. These are the only two motor oils available that are blended with these exclusively high-tech oils.

When asked about this new technology, Istvan Kapitany, President of Shell Lubricants Americas shares, “This is an absolute step change in our industry. It is important to Shell that we continue to push the boundaries of science and innovation to provide our customers with improved transport options. What better way to do that than leveraging the benefits of being an integrated company by adding natural gas from our upstream operations to a new slate of oil products that are hitting the store shelves now.”

Dr Richard Dixon, Shell North America Motor Oil Technology Manager, also notes that the Shell PurePlus Technology stems from 40 years of lubricant innovation from Shell, dating back to the 1970s when the company pioneered natural gas to liquids (GTL) process.

According to Shell’s press release, the technology has been in commercial development since 2011, with manufacturing plants at the Pearl GTL Facility in Ras Laffan in Qatar. Without the extra impurities, base oil using the Shell PurePlus technology are clearer, cleaner and overall contributes to a greener planet. More so, the Shell GTL and the Shell PurePlus base oil manufacturing processes have been the subject of multiple patents worldwide.

For more information on this exciting new development from Shell, see the video below.

This post is sponsored by Pennzoil.