Shell says the motor oil industry is moving towards increased use of synthetic oils compared to mineral versions

Shell says the motor oil industry is moving towards increased use of synthetic oils compared to mineral versions

Shell has renewed its status as BMW's only recommended supplier for aftermarket engine oils in the UK for a further three years until the end of 2022 for all BMW Group brands; BMW, BMW i, BMW M, MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The three-year extension will mean premium BMW engine oils manufactured by Shell will continue to be available to customers at BMW's dealer network in the UK.

This collaboration means Shell will continue to produce and supply's BMW's branded engine oils, which meet BMW engine specifications.  These oils will feature Shell's PurePlus Technology, a technology where base oil is produced using a patented process in which natural gas is converted to base oil, also known as gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology.

"We are honoured to work with BMW and supply them with premium engine oils featuring our technology," said Shell Global Commercial VP Global Key Accounts, Patrick Carré.

Shell says the motor oil industry is moving towards increased use of synthetic oils compared to mineral oils because of the improved performance benefits offered in line with stringent emission regulations and fuel efficiency demands.

Synthetic oils are manufactured from crude oil or gas using advanced chemical processes. This is in contrast to mineral base oils, which are complex mixtures of naturally occurring hydrocarbons found in crude oil.

Shell provides accessibility to its leading products with a strong global lubricants supply chain network of four base oil manufacturing plants, as well as 50 lubricant and grease manufacturing sites.

To provide Shell PurePlus Technology-enabled motor oils around the world, Shell integrated its supply chain with its gas value chain in Pearl GTL, Qatar.

The facility is the largest source of GTL products and the only commercial source of GTL base oil today says Shell.

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