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ConocoPhillips Company, the fourth-largest U.S. lubricants supplier, on June 29 announced two significant upgrades to its turbine oil product line, a tri-branded offering featuring the Conoco, 76 Lubricants and Phillips 66 brand imagery. To address increasing performance demands on modern turbines and provide a proactive solution to new cleanliness and varnish concerns, ConocoPhillips Lubricants enhanced its baseline Turbine Oil to offer a TOST (Turbine Oil Stability Test – ASTM D943) rating of 15,000 hours as opposed to the previous 7,500 hours. Simultaneously, ConocoPhillips Lubricants introduced Ultra-Clean Turbine Oil featuring a guaranteed cleanliness level of ISO 18/16/13 and a TOST rating of 15,000 hours. These two new oils join best-in-class Diamond Class Turbine Oil in a comprehensive line that addresses the needs of industrial turbine operations, according to Tim Langlais, director of industrial products.
“Greater demands on the power grid have altered the operational profile of industrial turbines, creating the need for turbine oils that better address growing varnish and cleanliness concerns,” explains Langlais. “Power trips due to varnish formation can result in costly, unplanned downtime. ConocoPhillips Lubricants is raising the bar on cleanliness, oxidation control, varnish resistance and service levels to help our customers improve reliability in industrial turbines.”
The new ConocoPhillips Lubricants tri-branded turbine oil product line includes:
• Turbine Oil: This upgraded version of the existing product now offers a TOST rating of 15,000 hours, and is ideal for customers operating steam, geothermal and hydroelectric turbines that are less sensitive to issues surrounding oil cleanliness.
• Ultra-Clean Turbine Oil: This new oil is specifically designated for application in gas and steam turbines and is rated at 15,000 hours TOST life. Additionally, this oil is delivered at a guaranteed cleanliness rating of 18/16/13. Ultra-Clean Turbine Oil best serves customers concerned with oil cleanliness whose scheduled drain interval is fixed at 15,000 hours or less.
• Diamond Class Turbine Oil: This best-in-class product is designed for use in direct drive gas, combined-cycle and co-generation gas turbines. Rated at an impressive 35,000 hours TOST life, Diamond Class Turbine Oil is ideal for customers who want it all - documented varnish control, guaranteed cleanliness rating of 18/16/13 and maximum drain intervals.
Ultra-Clean Turbine Oil will undergo the same white-glove filtration treatment and dedicated transport process previously reserved only for Diamond Class Turbine Oil, minimizing the need for costly, third-party services and other after-market solutions to control particle count. ConocoPhillips Lubricants continues to provide turbine operators a comprehensive line of exceptional turbine oils that meet or exceed their operational needs.