Wherever in the world energy is in high demand, sustaining a continual stream of power is imperative.
The ebb and flow of electricity isn’t only influenced by population concentration and growth. Variant temperatures – from extreme highs to unimaginable lows – place a heavy burden on the power grid and must be overcome to ensure a consistent stream isn’t disrupted.
These extreme weather conditions also highlight why onsite personnel must keep on top of seasonal changes too.
Travelling to some of the world’s most remote and hazardous locations, power engineers endure and adapt to settings very few humans will experience in their lifetime.
Whether it is temperatures upward of 48oC in the Middle East or sub-zero conditions in the Siberian wilderness, engine lubrication is essential to avoid production stall or downtime and the engineer must often demonstrate extraordinary levels of endurance to ensure power output goes uninterrupted when exposed to these unforgiving climates.
Coping with these factors when completing a task to the highest quality and in good time requires effective maintenance strategies and can benefit from the aid of an expert consultant who knows the location well and can guide you every step of the way.
For example, maintaining a continuous operation will benefit from a reduction in operational downtime and means there also needs to be an emphasis on maximising the life expectancy of plant equipment to optimise power output.
Research shows that three-quarters of the industry insists prolonging plant life is a high priority within their business1. By extending equipment lifespan, operators can manage operations more cost-effectively, helping to protect the bottom line. For instance, extreme temperatures require the use of lubricants with excellent thermal stability to maintain power engines situated in some of the earth’s most hostile environments and is an area where Shell Lubricants can advise.