2S4: Case Study: Turbomachinery Lubrication issues at a Fertilizer Plant

Ahmed Mujtaba, Machinery Engineer, Engro Fertilizers Limited


Case study is aboutchronic & prevalent lubricant related issues faced at various turbomachines including Gas Turbines , Syn Gas Centrifugal Compressor,and severalothers. These issues manifested in differentforms and resulted in frequent unplanned outages and downtimes. The case study covers the issues faced , their RCA and subsequentlythe steps taken to resolve those issues. The case study further includesa gap analysisevaluatingthe inadequacyin the lube oil condition monitoring regime which had resulted in inability to timely identify the issues and take stepsto controlthem.Based on the analysis an ideal condition monitoringregime is recommended& implementedthat covers allaspects adequately. Learning Outcomes1.Overview of Lubrication related issues faced. (IncludingRCA) 2.Role of proper lubricantcondition monitoring 3.Strategy & techniques employed to resolve the chronic issues4.Results & recommendations


Ahmed Mujtaba is currently serving as a machinery engineer at Engro Fertilizers Pakistan with experience of maintenance & reliability of turbomachines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and addition Analysis Level II Machine Lubricant Analyst (ISO 18436-4,I I) and Level II Vibration Analyst (ISO 18436-2) certified .