Gazprom Neft begins production of marine engine oils for marine vessels using environmentally friendly fuels
Gazpromneft Lubricants (operator of the Gazprom Neft lubricants business) has begun production of marine engine oils for vessels operating in the MARPOL emissions control zone.* Production of these new products has been made possible through a strategic partnership with Chevron Marine Lubricants.
Lubricant production facilities at the company’s Omsk and Moscow refineries are now producing Texaco Taro Special HT LS 40 and Taro 20 DP 30/ Taro 20 DP 40 oils, both of which are characterised by low alkaline properties, specifically designed for engines operating on low-sulphur fuels.
Taro Special HT LS 40 oil is intended for cylinder lubrication in a new generation of slow-speed cross-head (crank) engines, operating on low-sulphur fuels (i.e., of 1.5–2 percent) and operated at high-mechanical and high-temperature loads. The composition of these oils is made up of high-quality paraffinic base stock and carefully selected additives, ensuring optimum engine function under heavy workloads and high temperatures.
Taro 20 DP 30 (X) / Taro 20 DP 40 (X) oils are recommended for all engine types, operating on marine diesel oil or low-sulphur heavy fuels (of up to two percent). Their advantages include improved protection against wear, low sediment build-up and improved water resistance, protection against deposit formation, metal erosion and rust. Careful calibration of additives ensures high performance and excellent protection for all engine parts.
Gazpromneft Lubricants CEO Alexander Trukhan commented: “We have always made clear that minimising environmental impacts was a priority in developing our company’s product range. Our work prioritises production of high-technology lubricants, meeting today’s most demanding standards of ecological and industrial safety. We are proactively developing our partnership with Chevron Marine Lubricants, allowing us to supply marine oils to our clients in more than 800 ports worldwide.”
* SECA — Sulphur Emission Control Area — a specific maritime navigation area (including the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel) in which vessels are required to use low-sulphur fuels.
** MARPOL — the “International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships”. An amendment to the main treaty in early 2015 introduced a further regulation governing the permissible amount of sulphur in marine fuels used in vessels covering Sulphur Emission Control Areas
Gazpromneft Lubricants (Gazpromneft Lubricants Ltd) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and service fluids. Established in 2007, Gazpromneft Lubricants Ltd has five production facilities throughout Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production volumes stand at 500,000 tonnes of premium oils, lubricants and service fluids per year.
Management policies at Gazpromneft Lubricants and its production assets are fully compliant with international ISO standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 16949 and OHSAS18001. The company supplies its products to the production lines of Derways Automobile Company, the Avtotor group of companies (producing General Motors and Hyundai vehicles),Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok, KAMAZ, and GAZ. The company’s products are used by corporate organisations including Severstal, SIBUR, Gazprom, Evraz, MMK (OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works), and other major industrial enterprises. The company’s product range includes 470 branded oils and lubricants across all market sectors (more than 1,000 products in total).
The company currently commands a 14-percent share of the Russian lubricants market, as well as operating in the markets of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Eastern and Western Europe, the CIS, the Baltics, the Central Asian republics and South—East Asia, Africa, and others. The company’s products are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.