New joint venture to reduce maintenance costs for wind turbines

Predictive maintenance based on data-driven predictive analytics

Date: 14 February 2017
Location: London
  • Castrol takes a controlling interest in Romax Technology’s InSight business, combining Castrol’s expertise in wind turbine lubrication with Romax Insight’s predictive maintenance, analytics and software business
  • The deal will make leading physics-based and data-driven predictive analytics available to more wind turbine operators, which could potentially result in a reduction of their maintenance costs by up to 30%
14 February 2017, London. Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has today announced the creation of a joint venture with Romax Technology’s InSight business, a pioneer in predictive maintenance solutions.
With over 30 years’ experience working in the wind sector this deal will combine Castrol’s global reach and knowledge of wind turbine lubrication with Romax InSight’s expertise in predictive maintenance, software and data analytics for wind turbines. 

The lubrication and maintenance of a wind turbine’s expensive gearbox is critical to optimising its performance and reliability. Romax InSight is a rapidly growing predictive maintenance provider, designing software and engineering services which monitor the condition of wind turbines, and predict breakdowns – potentially resulting in a saving for its customers by up to 30% in maintenance costs.

Mandhir Singh, COO, BP Lubricants, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the potential this joint venture will create, both for the new business and also our existing customers. By working together I believe we will create a powerful, faster-growing business in the wind sector and beyond.”

Over the past two years Castrol has supported the development of a number of digital solutions which complement its core lubricants business, including GreenSteam, a data analytics company specialising in fuel saving solutions for the marine industry; Castrol OPTIS, a technology company providing leading edge machine and operational efficiency solutions to the manufacturing industry; and Castrol Carama a digital market place that connects consumers seeking car service and repair to trusted workshops, 
Andy Poon, Romax Technology CEO adds: “We’re always looking at ways to drive innovation at Romax. The aim of Romax InSight is to combine our deep understanding of design and operation of wind turbines with advanced data analytics to provide practical solutions that reduce operations and maintenance costs. We are delighted to find in Castrol a partner who shares this vision and can provide a platform for growth. We look forward to working closely alongside them to take InSight to the next level.”