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Shell launches engine lubricants for Chinese NGVs

LNG Industry,

Shell Lubricants has launched two new products in China for trucks and buses running on natural gas.

The Shell Rimula R5 NG and Shell Rimula R3 NG represent the latest in lubricant technology, designed to meet specific operating conditions in natural gas engines.

Growing market

China is the world’s fastest growing market for vehicles running on LNG or CNG. Shell has a full range of natural gas engine oils to cater to this growing fleet, ranging from heavy-duty trucks and buses to smaller vehicles.

Lubricant products

Commenting on the product launch, Swee Chen Goh, VP Shell Lubricants Asia Pacific, said: “We are excited to be able to bring these new products to our Chinese customers, first. It is vital that Shell is able to supply engine oils that help our customers get the most from their natural gas vehicles, especially as this segment of vehicles is growing exceptionally in China.

“It is gratifying to see our new lubricant products come to market; they are backed by strong R&D and testing to meet the very specific needs of these engines, given their different combustion systems and requirements. The Chinese market remains very important for the long term growth aspirations of our lubricants business and we are committed to staying close to our customers evolving needs.”

Emission standards

According to data from Standard Chartered Equity Research, China will increase its natural gas vehicle numbers from 1.6 million in 2012 to 5 million by 2020. Many truck and bus fleet operators have started converting their vehicles to use natural gas fuels, encouraged by the government’s implementation of the National IV standards of Vehicle Emission Pollution Control and Supervision.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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