Specialty Gas Compressor Lubricants

When There’s No Time for Downtime

Specialty gas compressor lubricants are often used in applications where downtime is incredibly costly. Specially formulated lubricants are needed to provide optimal performance for a wide variety of different gas compositions found in such environments as:

  • Natural gas gathering fields, storage and transportation
  • Refineries
  • Power plants
  • Vapor recovery systems
  • Chemical processing operations
  • Landfill gas

CPI engineers lubricants for critical-performance environments with zero tolerance for downtime. Well worth the investment, premium lubrication will pay for itself in improved operational efficiency and extended equipment life.


Understanding the Challenge Leads to the Right Solution

One of the key concerns of hydrocarbon gas applications is hydrocarbon gas dilution, which can affect the lubricant viscosity. Dilution varies based on gas stream, temperature, and pressure, making selection of the right lubricant more difficult. Gas compositions also vary with application, location, and other factors which add to the complexity of choosing the right lubricant.

With process gas applications, including both inert and reactive gases, there’s the concern of chemical reactivity of the gas with the lubricant. Downstream gas purity is critical to prevent catalyst poisoning and ensure continuous operation.

A thorough understanding of both of these applications along with experience in analyzing the complete operation are essential to knowing exactly what lubricant is needed to provide optimal performance.

The Benefits of Experience

CPI offers specialty gas compressor lubricants for flooded rotary screw, reciprocating and centrifugal compressors. As an industry leader, we engineer our chemistries with a wide variety of performance characteristics such as:

  • Chemical inertness
  • High viscosity index
  • Low pout point
  • Hydrolytic stability
  • Demulsibility
  • Lubricity
  • Low-temperature start-up performance
  • High-temperature stability
  • Resistance to hydrocarbon dilution
  • Resistance to volatility
  • Elastomer and metal compatibility
  • Zero reactivity
  • Contamination free
  • Superior corrosion protection

Our dedicated team is ready to work closely with you in analyzing your operation to determine the right lubrication solution. Aided by proprietary computer technology and unsurpassed experience, CPI reduces the guesswork in lubricant selection to provide you with invaluable level of confidence.

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