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Shell Corena Compressor Oils

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Shell Corena

Innovative air compressor oils that elevate operations

Because of their high power-to-volume or power-to-weight ratio, air compressors are a cost-effective and highly efficient option across a range of manufacturing-based industries, helping to deliver the power that is critical for production.

But only a well-maintained air compressor is likely to realise these potential cost and efficiency benefits over its lifetime. That makes your choice of compressor oil an important one, especially since compressors are becoming increasingly compact, forcing less oil to work harder, for longer.

Developed alongside both customers and equipment manufacturers, our Shell Corena range of compressor oils has been designed to meet the industry requirements needed to overcome real-world challenges. With performance you can rely on, protection that’s been real-world tested, and technology that is at the forefront of industry innovation, find an oil that works smart as well as hard.

Key Benefits₁

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    Enhanced wear protection

    Because different air compressors have different needs, the Shell Corena range includes both dedicated rotary compressor oils as well as oils for reciprocating compressors. From vane to valve wear, we have you covered.

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    Extended oil life

    Whether you need a mainstream oil for standard life applications or advanced synthetic oil that can last up to three years, the Shell Corena range prioritises oil life – meaning you can reduce maintenance costs over the long term.

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    High system efficiency

    Don’t let pressure loss affect your operations. Designed to promote system efficiency, Shell Corena oils suppress foaming and release trapped air, helping to keep your compressors working as they were intended.

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    Reliable performance

    Thanks to extended equipment service life, the Shell Corena range helps your equipment to operate without interruption for longer, so you can be safe in the knowledge that it won’t let you down.

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Compressor oils and GTL technology

Our gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology turns natural gas into high-performing liquid products. Using base oils derived from natural gas means fluids like our Shell Corena compressor oils can offer various benefits over mineral compressor oils:

  •  A lower volatility, leading to less oil consumption and strain on air treatment systems
  •  Faster air release and low evaporation loss, meaning less oil carryover
  • A higher viscosity index and lower pour point, keeping oil close to its optimal viscosity across various ambient temperatures
  • A lower viscosity at cold start, which reduces the drive torque requirement

Together, these characteristics combine for flawless operation, low oil consumption and energy savings – providing a next-generation fluid solution for modern air compressors, no matter your industry or application.

Shell Corena family range

Hours of engineering and decades of expertise go into the design and development of your air compressors, so why limit that potential by choosing an oil that’s not fit for purpose? From rotary vane and screw to reciprocating (piston) air compressors, the Shell Corena range of oils covers a wide range of compressor types.

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Sector applications

Whether you use mobile or stationary compressors, across standard life or severe applications, our range can flex to your specific compressor needs – all the while providing you with the operational essentials that could make the difference between industry standard and industry-leading performance.

Real-world case studies

  • Metals case study

    Metals case study

    Supported by Shell technical training, Shell Corena S4 R 46 saw this metals plant increase its oil-drain intervals by 12.5% – find out more.

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  • General Manufacturing case study

    General Manufacturing case study

    Learn how Shell Corena S4 R 68 and Shell LubeAnalyst combined to help this manufacturing company reduce its oil consumption by 100%.

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  • Cement case study

    Cement case study

    Thanks to a 70% reduction in maintenance time, Shell Corena S3 R 46 helped this cement company to estimated annual savings of $871,000.

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  • Marine case study

    Marine case study

    Discover how Shell Corena S4 P contributed to a doubling in interval time between air compressor overhauls, cutting waste oil volume and supporting maintenance practices.

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1. For more information around performance characteristics, test results and technical claims, please consult our Shell Corena product brochure, here.

All data us derived from tests in laboratories of Shell Lubricant Solutions or partners using accepted standard methods.

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