Shell’s new Chief Financial Officer has been revealed

Royal Dutch Shell, which makes leading Shell Tellus S2 M 46 and Shell Gadus S2 V100 3, has named Jessica Uhl as its next Chief Financial Officer.

Uhl will take over the job from Simon Henry, with Henry recently revealing that he will be stepping down from the role. Henry is set to stay on the CFO board until 9th March, and it is him who will sign the company’s annual report for 2016. After this, Uhl will assume his responsibilities. However, Henry will still be available to his successor and the Board, to help with the transition, until 30th June.

Royal Dutch Shell’s chairman, Charles Holliday, said of Henry’s departure:

“The Board is grateful to Simon for strengthening capital management and the balance sheet such as to allow the acquisition of BG and executing that deal. His leadership in integrating the two companies and in re-orienting our strategy leaves us a financially stronger company. When he leaves our Board, it will be with our very best wishes.”

Henry spoke fondly of his time in the role, saying:

“[I have been] privileged to spend the past 34 years working with great colleagues, in a great company.”

Uhl, who has been with the company since 2004 and has had roles in finance leadership, will take up the role as an Executive Director of Shell and will also be a member of its Executive Committee. She will be situated in the Netherlands, which is where Shell’s headquarters are located.

When you should use an oil heater?

In several applications, it is almost impossible for lubricant to stay fluid when the temperature is ambient. In these instances, using an oil heater is recommended, but there are a number of factors that must be considered before you go ahead.

Why use oil heaters?

There are a number of reasons why you might want to use an oil heater with your system. For example, if your equipment has splash-lubricated components, your lube will need to stay fluid so that it can lubricate all of the parts inside the component. However, since the viscosity of oil increases when it is colder, the splashing movement of the oil can be minimised, causing equipment to wear prematurely.

Many other lube systems circulate the oil throughout and within these systems. If oil viscosity gets too high, the oil has more difficulty flowing through piping correctly, and in some cases is not even pumped where it is needed at all. In either instances, it is important that the oil remains fluid enough to do its job, and an oil heater becomes very useful in this regard.

When does it make sense to use an oil heater?

Generally, it’s wise to use oil heaters in areas that are most likely to get very cold. However, they are not suitable for use with all applications in extremely cold conditions. For instance, you should not use an oil heater if the machinery you are using does not require the oil to be extremely fluid at all times, or in equipment designed so that lubricant can do its job effectively at any temperature.

If you use an oil heater in an application that does not really require it, all you will be doing is adding more stress to the system, which could cause it to fail more quickly. Of course, this could turn out to be very expensive for you.

Additionally, you should not use oil heaters if your lubricant has a longstanding problem with fuel dilution, because they can reach extremely high temperatures, and this can cause fluid to become even more diluted than before. Instead, you should fix the issue that is causing fluid ingression and then use a heater as necessary.

A final matter to be cautious of is using an oil heater with a lower refined oil. Sometimes, the heater can be the final straw that tips oil over the edge and causes an oxidative failure process.

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