- Feb 24, 2013
- Ontario, Canada
This says to me, that blends aren't synergistic or better, just that they can, within the limits of a given oil specification, match all-PAO performance.
We now have the very high quality Group III+ base stock, ‘Visom’ exclusively available to ExxonMobil. As we developed the Mobil 1 ESP technology we found that combining Visom with PAO could deliver a formulation of equivalent performance to an all PAO formulation.
XOM knows GTL is superior to their Visom-branded GrIII+ from crude. It's funny how they talk up Visom as being 'exclusive to Mobil', not because crude GrIII+ is exclusive to XOM, but the 'Visom' trademark. Classic move.
Commencing 2010, the next generation of base stocks derived from Natural Gas (Gas To Liquids) will enter the market. These high quality basestocks will arrive in substantial quantities and will probably be used in the majority of competitive premium formulations. Visom is viewed as a precursor of GTL, and hence it’s use now in our flagship formulations eases our transition to a GTL world, and helps us understand how to maintain flagship performance using these high quality non-PAO basestocks.