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Shell Creates Motor Oil From Natural Gas

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oil fron ngNew PurePlus™ Technology results in base oils developed using 40 years of Shell natural-gas-to-liquids innovation.

Shell announced today the creation of the first-of-its kind base oil made from natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It is called Shell PurePlus(TM) Technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is the main component of motor oils.

Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils that offer complete protection to motorists in the United States. Pennzoil Platinum® and Pennzoil Ultra® Platinum Full Synthetic motor oils are the only ones blended exclusively with these base oils.

“This is an absolute step change in our industry,” said Istvan Kapitany, President, Shell Lubricants Americas. “It is important to Shell that we continue to push the boundaries of science and innovation to provide our customers with improved transport options. What better way to do that than leveraging the benefits of being an integrated company by adding natural gas from our upstream operations to a new slate of oil products that are hitting the store shelves now.”


5 Comments on "Shell Creates Motor Oil From Natural Gas"

  1. Davy, Hermann, MO on Sat, 28th Jun 2014 6:43 am 

    Great, this will save us a whopping amount of crude for other uses. I feel more optimistic about the state of the world. Thank you Shell for improving my life.

  2. Pops on Sat, 28th Jun 2014 7:29 am 

    I looked up the price of Pennzoil Ultra® Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil on amazon – $48 for 6 quarts (You Save: $6.27 (12%)),

    So 32 bucks a gallon. At 42 gallons per barrel that makes this “oil” worth


    Ain’t technology grand!

  3. Plantagenet on Sat, 28th Jun 2014 7:55 am 

    In addition to motor oil it is possible to create gasoline from NG. That will be the real game changer.

  4. rockman on Sat, 28th Jun 2014 8:51 am 

    “…it is possible to create gasoline from NG”. Actually it was possible 40 years ago. Mobil Oil developed a catalyst they used in New Zealand to turn NG into gasoline. Why NZ? At the time they had abundant NG with little market demand and high cost motor fuel. Even with those incentives the project wasn’t economical and was abandoned. Given there’s probably been some improvements and NG remains at a relatively low price the process is apparently still uneconomical. Shell certain understands the process but still chose to go after a higher value product.

    But I wonder how good Shell’s economics really are. They’ve been known to run small uneconomic pilot projects, like the in situe oil shale recovery, just for the PR value.

    But long ago I became a big believer of synthetic motor oil. I ran my p/u 200,000 miles on it from the start. Would change between 15k to 20k between changes (including new filter). As economical as natural oil that had to be changed more often. And at 200k miles the seals didn’t lose a drop of oil and I got the same mpg’s as when I drove off the dealer’s lot. Unfortunately being a Ford everything other the engine turned to crap and I got rid of it. LOL.

  5. Calhoun on Sun, 29th Jun 2014 8:17 pm 

    I’ll go you one better. I can turn paper into gasoline. Give me a $20 bill and I’ll give you a gallon of gasoline.

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