Shell Introduces Helix Ultra Motor Oil to worldwide lubricant market
Shell Lubricants has announced the worldwide launch of a next generation motor oil, Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology; the company’s most advanced motor oil ever, featuring a base oil designed from natural gas.
Pioneering an entirely new way to produce premium motor oils, Shell Helix Ultra uses a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process to design pure, synthetic base oil which delivers higher levels of cleansing and protection. This next generation base oil is then enhanced with firm’s unique additive ingredients.
Selda Gunsel, Vice President of Downstream Global Commercial Technology at Shell said: “Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology represents a huge step forward. The way motor oils are produced has not changed for decades.
“Now, we have unveiled a new motor oil that surpasses our previous lubricant technology, which is why we are confident when we say that no other engine oil keeps your engine closer to factory clean.”
Shell Helix Ultra with revolutionary PurePlus Technology harnesses the power of gas to produce the next generation motor oils, bringing together over 40 years of research and development in one new oil.”
Shell PurePlus Technology base oils have consistently lower viscosity at cold temperatures (-25 to -40C) so they start lubricating your engine straight away from a cold start. These properties translate into important performance benefits for the engine, including improved cleaning, wear protection, and fuel economy.
“Starting with natural gas, Shell scientists are able to engineer the molecules to create a base oil with specific properties and characteristics. When this base oil is then combined with the carefully crafted additive package, it creates superior motor oils that offer a level of cleaning and protection not possible with lesser base oils,” said Robert Sutherland, Shell Helix Global Technology Manager.
“We are already working on future developments.” he added.
Shell PurePlus Technology base oils are produced at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar; a partnership between Shell and Qatar Petroleum. This facility is the world’s largest gas-to-liquids facility, and can produce approximately one million tonnes of base oils per year.
The new Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology range is currently being rolled out to markets worldwide. It manufactures base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.
Shell has lubricants research centres in China, Germany, Japan and the USA. For more information, visit the Shell Lubricants website.