21 March 2013

Will Texaco Capella Refrigeration Oil be still in the lubrication market in 2015?

Will the refrigeration market experience the same situation as with the Shell Clavus refrigeration oils and force users to look for alternatives fo lubrication of the compressors?

Based on the latest developments and previous experience such as worldwide ending the production of Shell Clavus 68 seems that the market will be forced to look for alternatives. It could be presumed that the well-known Chevron/Texaco Capella will go in the same direction.

Since March 2012 the Russia’s Gazprom Neft Lubricants and U.S. Chevron have signed a license agreement to produce marine engine oils, which will allow Gazprom Neft’s subsidiary to become a supplier of a wide range of lubricants, including hydraulic, compressor, turbine, cooling fluids, and specialized lubricants for marine and river transport.
Chevron is a global leader in the research development of lubricants for all systems of marine and river vessels.
One of the most common lubricants used in the refrigeration industry is the Capella brand. However at this moment it is unknown if Gasprom Neft Lubricants intends to keep the production of whole range of Capella.

In the case of Fuchs, when bought the Clavus lubricant line, some changes were introduced in order to cut the production costs. Production of certain products was stopped or limited.

The expectations about the Capella WF are comparable to those about naphthenic Clavus 68. Based on the nowadays availability of some base oils it is probable that the production thereof will end up.
Due to the new production techniques improvements can be made to acquire more stable products than the mineral oils based on the solvent refined paraffinic and naphthenic base oils.

At this moment the upcoming oils are based on the two-stage hydrocracking technique and due to the high purity, stability, better availability and advanced production costs, the price of the end product is in the same range as the of naphthenic oils, which increased during the last years due to higher production costs in order to reach the specifications.

The next generation oils based on the two-stage hydrocracking technique perform even better than POA and POA/AB base oils, which were already a big improvement when compared to the solvent refined paraffinic and naphthenic oils.
For users of the Capella WF it is recommended to choose for alternatives. We could provide the support in this field.

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