Shell announced Friday the creation of a first-of-its kind
base oil made from natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil
Shell refers to the process as its PurePlus
technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into
a clear base oil, which is the main component of motor oils.
Shell's PurePlus technology
is now being used to
create motor oils that offer complete protection to motorists
in the US. Pennzoil Platinum
and Pennzoil Ultra
ull 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 of Shell's lubricants business in
the 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," he added.
The PurePlus technology
base oil is
manufactured at the Pearl GTL facility in Ras Laffan in
Qatar, a partnership between Qatar Petroleum and Shell.
base oil is crystal clear due
to having fewer of the impurities found in crude oil.
The Shell GTL and the Shell PurePlus base oil
manufacturing processes have been the subject of multiple
"Shell PurePlus Technology is the result of 40 years
of innovation starting with the Shell natural-gas-to-liquids
(GTL) process that dates back to the 1970s," said Dr. Richard
Dixon, motor oil technology manager of Shell North
"We then took this technology
and ultimately created
base oil, which has been in large
scale commercial development since late 2011," he added. "To
our knowledge, Shell is the only manufacturer to have
produced base oils from natural gas on a commercial ,
scaleand it's exciting to pave the way for others to follow."