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August 26, 2010

Castrol introduces used oil analysis service for offshore industry

Castrol Offshore has launched a new oil test service for the offshore oil and gas industry in mind.It allows samples of lube oil or hydraulic oil onboard a drilling platform to be sent in for analysis of characteristics including wear metals, contaminants, oil condition and additives.

Castrol Labcheck monitors a wide range of equipment and machinery as part of a scheduled used oil analysis - a requirement of many classification societies.

Tony Globe, Business Development Manager for Castrol Energy Lubricants, said: "Castrol Labcheck gives operators greater control over maintenance tasks and helps schedules to be planned with confidence, failures to be anticipated and avoided, and maintenance costs to be reduced. Repeat samples are tested under the same conditions, using the same methods, ensuring the service delivers consistent results."

To ensure speed and accuracy, Castrol manages all sampling activity from end-to-end, tracking the progress of each sample from rig to lab, providing management information to the customer to identify where delays in the process can be reduced or eliminated. The time taken between sampling and issuing a report to the customer is usually around seven to eight days regardless of location. Results are available via the Castrol Labcheck Online service, designed to give customers ready access to sample analysis data. Results and diagnostic comments are supplemented with a traffic light system to indicate the severity rating, where:

Red indicates the product is not fit for purpose and action must be taken

Yellow indicates that the product can continue to be used but advises monitoring

Green means the product is satisfactory for use

Customers using the online service can make a number of useful comparisons and look at the sample history for any of their applications. The trends these reveal can provide useful information about the condition of equipment.


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