In a recent survey of power industry professionals from across the globe, over 77 per cent of participants said that the energy efficiency of a lubricant had a moderate to major effect on the operating costs of their gas turbines.

The objective of the survey, which was jointly conducted by Shell Lubricants, part of the Shell Group, and Power Engineering International magazine, was to ascertain the perception of the importance of an effective lubrication regime in the efficient operation of gas turbines, as well as determining the impact on overall plant productivity.

The survey also found that more than 65 per cent of respondents think that gas turbine lubrication maintenance had a moderate to major effect on their company’s profitability.

Other interesting findings include:

  • Close to 92 per cent of participants believe that the greater integration of renewable energy onto the grid will mean a greater requirement for gas fired power plants.
  • More than half of the respondents think that the main threat to the future development of gas-fired power generation is volatility in the gas price.

In related news, Shell Lubricants has once again topped the list of the world’s leading lubricants suppliers, according to new research into the global lubricants market. The study, conducted by Kline & Company, gives Shell more than 13 per cent of the market by volume in 2010, and a 2 per cent lead over its nearest competitor.

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