US oil refineries to test new lubricants
US refineries are testing lubricants that are expected to reduce friction and reduce the need for oil pumps.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a trial of a new lubricant in oil fields and other facilities to be deployed in the near future.
The US has been using oil from some of the world’s largest refineries for lubrication.
The new lubrication is designed to be more durable than existing lubricants and more efficient at keeping oil moving.
It is expected to save oil refiners millions of dollars over time, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.
The lubricants, which are also being tested in the US, were developed by a team led by the University of Texas at Austin.
They are designed to reduce the friction between the oil pump and the fluid that is pumped in to separate it from the oil, according to the company.
“It is the first-ever commercial product for lubricating oil,” said Scott Pannell, senior vice president of the US Department.
The oil refinery company said it would test the new lubricating lubricants in six sites across the US over the next year.
It said it expects to begin commercial sales by 2020.
“Lubrication is critical to the long-term sustainability of the oil industry,” Pannells said.
“We believe the ability to reduce costs and the use of a more sustainable oil-flow environment is critical for the industry.”
The lubricant is manufactured by Dow Chemical and is intended to help lubricate oil pumps and equipment at the end of the supply chain.
The company has said it has not yet begun sales of the lubricant because it has to test it before it can be sold to customers.
“Dow Chemical will not disclose the cost of this product until it has conducted a detailed assessment of the potential benefits and risks associated with its use,” the company added.
“Our objective is to have this lubricant available in all of our refineries within a year or two.”
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