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Petro-Canada Lubricants launches ENVIRON MV R biodegradable fluid for mining

Environ MV R Credit: Petro Canada Lubricants

Environ MV R Credit: Petro Canada Lubricants

Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched ENVIRON MV R, the first hydraulic fluid using ultra-pure severely hydrotreated base oils, which meets OECD 301B requirements for ready biodegradability. Its patent pending design makes ENVIRON MV R the first hydraulic fluid of its kind to meet these requirements, for longer life and increased value without compromising performance.

ENVIRON MV R combines select, ultra-pure, severely hydrotreated base oils with a premium ashless additive system to offer operators all the protection of a premium mobile and industrial hydraulic fluid, that is also OECD 301B readily biodegradable to help protect sensitive environments.

The absence of zinc and other heavy metal-based additives also makes the fluid safer for the environment by minimizing the risk of damage to organisms or water. According to Petro-Canada Lubricants, ENVIRON MV R provides excellent hydrolytic stability, something that is not possible with vegetable oil and synthetic ester-based alternatives, which readily degrade in the presence of water, reducing their service life while also risking equipment damage and corrosion.

ENVIRON MV R joins the ENVIRON product line of environmentally friendly hydraulic fluids and is specifically formulated for outstanding performance in the readily biodegradable category. It also has better seal compatibility than vegetable oil and ester based products, with the ability to perform over a wide operating temperature range, and maintains fluidity during prolonged low temperature exposure.

“By using ENVIRON MV R, operators don’t need to sacrifice performance to meet environmental standards, and it can enable extended drain intervals, minimize maintenance and maximize savings,” Tony Weatherill, president of Petro-Canada Lubricants, said in a release. “To have developed an innovative and environmentally friendly solution, the first of its kind, with the performance benefits of a premium mineral oil based product is testament to our research and development team.”

“ENVIRON MV R comes with enhanced biodegradability to give customers additional peace of mind,” added Tyrone Jungjohann, category manager of hydraulic and off-highway transmission fluids at Petro-Canada Lubricants. “ENVIRON MV R provides an environmentally sound solution, while also offering protection for operators of equipment in the forestry, waste, construction, agriculture, general manufacturing and offshore drilling sectors.”

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