A recent online survey of power industry professionals from across the globe found that more than 65 per cent of those polled believe that gas turbine lubrication maintenance has a significant effect on their company’s profitability.
Effective lubrication is key
Although the research survey cannot be described as scientific it does throw up some interesting findings.
The majority polled are clearly very upbeat about the opportunities that exist for the rapid growth of the gas fired power generation sector – primarily driven by the greater grid integration of renewables and the high level of uncertainty that the global nuclear power sector is currently experiencing.
Shale gas and other unconventional gas resources, such as coal-bed methane, look set to allay concerns over the continued volatility of wholesale gas prices and security of supply that threaten gas power’s expansion.
Another interesting finding, is the key role that turbine lubricants have in ensuring the economic running of a gas turbine came out loud and clear, as well as their importance when it comes to protecting a company’s bottom line.
Commenting on the survey results, Bakker said: “It is reassuring to see that the industry trends and issues related to lubrication that the end-users see as important are the same ones that drive our product development, particularly in the area of high-quality formulations.
1. REN21, which is the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, is a policy network that provides a forum for international thought leadership in renewable energy.
2. The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business.
The research survey, which was sent to readers of Power Engineering International magazine, was sponsored by Shell Lubricants.
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