Improving Safety and Productivity: The Role of Lubricants in Achieving Operational Excellence A special report with ExxonMobil. For the global energy exploration sector, safety remains absolutely paramount. However, oil and gas operators are also faced with increasingly challenging energy cost rises and environmental care goals. For a complex industry which is split across remote geographical locations across the globe, achieving the balance of these conflicting imperatives is an ambitious challenge. Could a solution lie in lubricants? Advanced lubricants and greases help mitigate potential injury risks and simultaneously increase overall productivity for owners and operators in the oil and gas sector. This article looks at how.