GE has endorsed ExxonMobil’s Mobil SHCTM Gear 320 WT turbine gear oil for all of its wind turbines worldwide.
This approval applies to the more than 50,000 GE wind turbines in operation today, including both onshore and offshore. GE’s approval process includes more than 300 itemized testing parameters built around ASTM, DIN and GE specifications. To obtain this approval, Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT gear oil underwent more than two years of field trials and inspections.
ExxonMobil recently extended the Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT gear oil’s warranty from seven to 10 years. The product, which was developed in collaboration with original equipment manufacturers, features a proprietary additive technology designed to provide protection against common types of wear, such as scuffing and micro-pitting fatigue. The oil also does not contribute to white etching cracks, which can be costly to repair, says ExxonMobil.
“GE’s approval is a testament to the performance of Mobil SHC Gear 320 WT gear oil; GE is one of the top three turbine manufacturers in the world, and they have one of the most stringent lubricant standards in the industry,” states Mike Galloway, industrial equipment builder engineer at ExxonMobil. “Backed by our industry-leading warranty, operators can rest easy knowing that this oil can help protect against the extreme conditions wind turbines face all around the world, helping them achieve their long-term reliability and productivity goals.”